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Mosquite-borne virus Zika surfaced in South Florida

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

by: Davis Yancy Clegg

 

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First discovered in Ugandan in 1947, the Zika virus has surfaced right here in Florida. There is currently a neighborhood in Miami where it has been confirmed that mosquitoes are spreading the virus. Zika virus disease is caused by the Ziska virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito (Aides Aegyptus and Aides albolite’s). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting up to a week, and many people do not have symptoms or will have only mild symptoms. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly and other severe brain defects. Zika is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aides species mosquito (Aides Aegyptus and Aides albolite’s). A pregnant woman can pass Ziska to her fetus during pregnancy or around the time of birth. Also, a man with Zika can pass it to sex partners.

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