What is the Zika Virus?

We know it is mosquito-borne, presents mild symptoms, rarely kills, has no known counter-measures but does result in gross abnormalities in newborns. The CDC has stated that “Until more is known, and out of an abundance of caution, CDC recommends special precautions for pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant….” There is more information on the CDC page devoted to Zika; the World Health Organization has also issued its own data pages on this disease. According to this article –  Molecular evolution of Zika virus, an neglected emerging disease in Africa and Asia –  this virus was first isolated in 1947 in the Zika forest of Uganda but few human cases were reported until a Zika fever epidemic broke out in Micronesia in 2007; this 2009 article – Zika Virus Outside Africa – traces its appearances from 1947 until 2007. Another 30+ medical articles on Zika are available online.

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