As Zika spreads, scientists race to learn more about virus

February 10, 2016 12:39 AM

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In 2007, physicians working on a remote island in the western Pacific Ocean reported an outbreak of an illness with flu-like symptoms similar to dengue fever, a debilitating viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes and well documented since the 18th century.

But the illness observed by doctors on Yap Island in Micronesia seemed different than dengue — with sudden onset of rash, joint pain or red eyes, and no cases of hemorrhagic fever.

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