Keep Calm And Wear Insect Repellent: All You Need To Know About Zika

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The Zika virus is transmitted to individuals when one is bitten by a contaminated mosquito found in tropical areas. The Aedes aegypti mosquito transmits the infection. The virus belongs to the same family as Chikungunya, Dengue, Yellow Fever, and West Nile. In any case, unlike a majority of the previously stated infections, as of right now, no antibody can be utilized to treat the disease.

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The virus was initially unearthed in 1947 when a group of scientists investigated Yellow Fever in the Zika Forest of Uganda. The researchers made the discovery of the unknown disease in a feverish rhesus monkey at the time. Below are 15 things you need to know about the Zika virus to prepare yourself!