About the Zika Virus


    Facts from WHO:

    • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.

    • People with Zika virus disease usually have a mild fever, skin rash (exanthema) and conjunctivitis. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.

    • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.

    • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.

    • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

    Resources from CDC | The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has compiled resources covering facts about the effects of Zika and prevention and transmission for health care workers, pregnant women and others.

    Potential Link with Microcephaly

    Recently in Brazil, local health authorities observed an increase in Zika virus infections in the general public as well as an increase in babies born with microcephaly in northeast Brazil. Agencies investigating the Zika outbreaks are finding an increasing body of evidence about the link between Zika virus and microcephaly. However, the WHO cautions that more investigation is needed before we understand the relationship between microcephaly in babies and the Zika virus and that other potential causes are also being investigated. | See WHO Fact Sheet for more

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