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Essential Facts About Zika Virus

Essential Facts About Zika Virus

Zika virus is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (Ae. Aegypti and Ae. Albopictus). Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects including microcephaly, where babies are born with underdeveloped heads and brain damage. Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barre syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves. It’s mainly spread through mosquitoes, although some cases of sexual transmission have been reported. Many areas in the United States have the type of mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus. These mosquitoes are aggressive daytime biters and can also bite at night. Also, Zika can be passed through sex from a person …

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