Zika Virus

By: Alayna & Quinten

Causes and Symptoms of the Zika Virus

"The Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito" states cdc.gov. "The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito."

When and where did it start and where has it reached?

"Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands." informs cdc.gov. "In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). Local transmission has been reported in many other countries and territories. Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas."

Why has it spreading so quickly in the last year?

"Zika Virus (RNA) has been identified in asymptomatic blood donors during an ongoing outbreak." concludes cdc.gov.

What can be done to prevent and to treat it?

There is no vaccines to prevent or medicine to treat Zika virus. Heath care providers may order blood test" tells cdc.gov. "Treatment is generally supportive and can include rest".

How can GMO mosquitoes remove the Zika-carrying mosquito population?

"A male mosquito that reproduces baby mosquitoes that never make it past the pupae stage" tells Huffingtonpost.