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Hot Topics: Zika Virus: Introduction to Zika Virus

As the Zika virus continues to spread in the Americas, the full impact of the virus is still unknown.

What is Zika Virus

Zika virus is a mosquito borne disease transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes (which also transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever), and its symptoms include headache, muscle and joint pain, mild fever, conjunctivitis, and rash.  The Zika virus is linked to an increase in microcephaly in children which may be caused by exposure during pregnancy, and an increase in Guillain-Barré syndrome.  The virus has been found in saliva and other bodily fluids, but scientists are not sure if it can be transmitted through these.  There is no vaccination or cure for the Zika virus, so measures to control or eradicate mosquito populations and bites are the most effective response.

News Sources from the Zika Outbreak

More sources to search for Zika Virus news include (note that some are available only to UMaine affiliates):

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