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MEDICAL: DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS: Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

David P. Dillard
 

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MEDICAL: DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS:

Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

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Everything You Need to Know About the Zika Virus

A comprehensive guide to The Atlantics ongoing coverage of the outbreak

An Aedes Aegyti mosquito

Paulo Whitaker / Reuters

ADRIENNE LAFRANCE

November 10, 2016

The Atlantic

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/ 2016/11/zika-cheat-sheet/506822/

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A shorter URL for the above link:

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http://tinyurl.com/z2jz7rx

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Scientists have known about the Zika virus for seven decades, but human infection has only been a serious public-health concern in recent yearsespecially amid outbreaks that have taught researchers more about emerging, mutated strains of the virus.

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There is still much that we dont understand about Zika, but we do know its a catastrophic threat to global public healtheven despite the fact that the majority of those who are infected never experience telltale symptoms such as fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, and muscle aches. This makes it particularly hard to test forZika only shows up in a persons bloodstream about one week after infection, so theres a fairly small window of time in which a Zika diagnosis can be confirmed through a blood or urine sample.

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Zika is of particular concern to pregnant women, whose fetuses can suffer grave outcomes when a woman contracts the virus. Yet the virus can be seriousand in rare cases, deadlyfor children and adults, too.

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What We Know

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Zika primarily spreads through infected mosquitoes. The main carrier of the virus is the Aedes aegypti mosquito. (The more geographically disperse Aedes albopictus can also, more rarely, spread the disease.)

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You can also get Zika through sex, including vaginal sex, anal sex, oral sex, and the sharing of sex toys, according to the CDC:

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TOPICS COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE

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What We Dont Know

Where in the World Is Zika?

Where Did Zika Come From?

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Recommended reading:

The First Documented Case of Zika Spread by Physical Contact

http://tinyurl.com/gp42lx7


Mosquitoes Can Pass Zika to Their Offspring

http://tinyurl.com/jxngdjh


Tiny Vampires

http://tinyurl.com/zbgonye


Tracing Zika Back to Patient Zero

http://tinyurl.com/hzd9pvz


A Surprising Link Between Zika and Dengue

http://tinyurl.com/j8vmy2g


Zika Seems to Thrive in the Vagina

http://tinyurl.com/hojy7cr


Can Women Spread Zika Sexually, Too?

http://tinyurl.com/jqj6b9y


The Potential Zika Threat to Adult Brain Cells

http://tinyurl.com/zpbr9wh


The First Known Zika-Related Infant Death in the U.S.

http://tinyurl.com/gtknwe5


The Mystery of Zikas Path to the Placenta

http://tinyurl.com/jpqwp6m


Toward an Understanding of Zika's Neurological Dangers

http://tinyurl.com/jdu5f7k


Zika Linked to Ever More Neurological Conditions

http://tinyurl.com/gmuw2da


The Sneak-Attack Mosquito

http://tinyurl.com/zv44h6d


There's Probably Way More Zika in the United States Than Has Been Counted

http://tinyurl.com/jhfr7m8


Pregnant in Miami With Zika on the Loose

http://tinyurl.com/jfkse7c


Zika's Growing Presence in Florida

http://tinyurl.com/hg7hywh


Zika in Puerto Rico

http://tinyurl.com/hjfywxn


The Link Between Zika and Climate Change

http://tinyurl.com/hlddmzd


A Zika Catastrophe Could Rival Hurricane Katrina

http://tinyurl.com/gny65ua


The Other Zika Mosquito
http://tinyurl.com/jer7mv5


Zika Is a Delayed Epidemic

http://tinyurl.com/gmej5tk


The Danger of a Third-Trimester Zika Infection

http://tinyurl.com/htbzqjr


What Zika Researchers Can Learn From the Rubella Outbreak of 1964

http://tinyurl.com/zptmshz


When in Pregnancy Is Zika Most Dangerous?

http://tinyurl.com/z4lr7uz


Will Winter Kill Zika?

http://tinyurl.com/h4s5yme


How Does Zika Affect the Toddler Brain?

http://tinyurl.com/jdeg8jz


If a Pregnant Woman Gets Zika, What's the Risk of Microcephaly for the Baby?

http://tinyurl.com/zbe9wgv


Genetically Modified Mosquitoes: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

http://tinyurl.com/hzvjcdf


Zika Is the Most Difficult Emergency Health Response Ever, CDC Official Says

http://tinyurl.com/zvx3fxg


The Answer to Zika May Be More Mosquitos

http://tinyurl.com/j8jvtwh


Three Kinds of Vaccines Protect Monkeys from Zika

http://tinyurl.com/gm2gpw2


How to Beat Dengue and Zika: Add a Microbe to Mosquitoes

http://tinyurl.com/h43kwjc


Parents Are Being Sold Zika Protection That Doesn't Work

http://tinyurl.com/gq26ws5


Keeping Mosquitoes at Bay in the Age of Zika

http://tinyurl.com/gq26ws5


A Threat Bigger Than Zika

http://tinyurl.com/j8hqlg8


The Importance of Contraception to the Zika Fight

http://tinyurl.com/j6tpadl


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