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Zika virus disease is usually a mild viral illness. The virus is in the same family as West Nile, Dengue, and yellow fever. The virus is transmitted by mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus)also known as the Asian tiger mosquito. This species of mosquito currently circulates in the Southern part of North America, Central America, the Caribbean, the Northern parts of South America, and parts of Africa and Asia. The Asian tiger mosquito can also transmit dengue and chikungunya viruses. The Zika virus can be spread by mosquitoes, by sexual contact, and from mother to child while pregnant. If a pregnant woman contracts Zika, her baby is at risk of brain damage (microcephaly).


Zika Virus: An Emerging Infectious Disease


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Zika Toolkit


Zika home page

Web tool for clinical guidance for pregnant women

For health care professionals

Information for pregnant women about Zika

Zika Pregnancy Hotline


Facts about Zika virus

Zika Questions and answers

Other publications

Goorhuisa, A, von Eijeb, KJ, Doumaa, RA, Rijnberga, N, et al. Zika virus and the risk of imported infection in returned travelers: Implications for clinical care.Travel Medicine and Infectious Disease.In press, Available online 27 January 2016. doi:10.1016/j.tmaid.2016.01.008

Musso, D, Nilles, EJ, and Cao-Lormeau, V. Rapid spread of emerging Zika virus in the Pacific area.Clinical Microbiology and Infection. Volume 20, Issue 10, pages O595ľO596, October 2014 DOI: 10.1111/1469-0691.12707


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