PLOS Blog: The Zika Virus – what do you need to know? | Public Health

Countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission (CDC) The more I read up on a topic, the more complicated it ends up being. As you start trying to unravel the ball of yarn, every thread leads to three more, and each of those lead to three more. The Zika virus has highlighted that in a very tangible way. The Zika virus is an arbovirus infection transmitted by several different species of Aedes mosquitoes. In adults, the most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes) (CDC). Symptoms are usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week and it is uncommon for it to require hospitalization. However, this isn’t the case for newborns. The virus has been found to be highly neurotrophic, and has resulted in children being born with microencephaly, where they have smaller than normal brains. Within the span of a few months, there have been several thousand cases of children being born with microencephaly, and this

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PLOS Blog: The Zika Virus – what do you need to know? | Public Health

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