What is the Zika virus? All you need to know about disease spreading in Latin America

January 26, 2016 4:19 PM

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The Zika (ZEE'-ka) virus was first discovered in monkey in Uganda in 1947; its name comes from the Zika forest where it was first discovered. It is native mainly to tropical Africa, with outbreaks in Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. It showed up in Brazil last years and has since been seen in many Latin American countries and Caribbean islands.

It is transmitted through bites from the same kind of mosquitoes that can spread other tropical diseases, like dengue fever, chikungunya and yellow fever. It is not known to spread from person to person so it's not infectious like other germs such as the flu virus. The World Health Organization says...

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