Zika Virus

By: Alli & Isabelle

Zika Information

"The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain, and headaches." (cdc.gov)

History of Zika

"The Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 in Uganda." (cdc.gov)

Prevention & Treatment

" a U.S synthetic biology company has developed A. aegypti mosquitoes containing a gene that will kill their offspring before they reach adulthood." (sciencemag.org) They also have been creating genetically modified mosquitoes to try and stop zika. " It appears to be working and here's how they know. In addition to the killer gene, they add one that's a special marker. Only the genetically modified mosquitoes will glow under a special light, this way they can track the mosquito population." (pbs.org)