Zika virus

Zika virus

Science and Technology

  • Zika virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquitoes ( aegypti and Ae. Albopictus) that also transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
  • RT-PCR tests are the method of choice for confirming Zika virus, and serum samples are collected in the first five days after the onset of symptoms.
  • Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects.
  • No vaccine is currently available.

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