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Zika virus declared a public health emergency


by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR

In recent news there has been talk about the Zika virus. This virus comes from an infected mosquito from an Aedes species.

“Zika virus disease (Zika) is a disease caused by Zika virus that is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. 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. People usually don’t get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika”, stated from the website of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There have been some incidents in the past of the Zika virus. There is no known vaccine for this virus. Some background of the virus, “Zika virus is an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in rhesus monkeys through a monitoring network of sylvatic yellow fever. It was subsequently identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific”, stated from the World Health Organization website (WHO).
WHO also announced, “on Feb 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”, continues from CDC. A way to prevent the Zika virus would be just how you would want to prevent getting a mosquito bite.