Five things to know about the Zika virus

  1. It is spread by mosquitoes, the species is known as Aedes aegypti and could also be sexually transmitted.
  2. It causes foetal deformation microcephaly which causes babies to be born with smaller than normal brains.
  3. There is no vaccine for the virus.
  4. Pregnant women are at high risk if exposed to infected persons.
  5. The virus carriers are symptomless; 80% of those infected showed no symptoms.
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