Zika virus

  • 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, Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

Epidemiologist Erika Garcia provides more information about Zika virus disease

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