Quick Zika facts

May 6, 2016

CDC notes facts on which mosquitoes spread virus, what symptoms to watch for and how the virus may be transmitted.

Image Copyright: Shutterstock/Chik_77The Aedes mosquito species is the primary transmitter of the Zika virus to humans, according to the CDC. The Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus) are the same mosquitoes that spread dengue and chikungunya viruses.

These aggressive daytime biters (which also bite at night) typically lay their eggs in or near standing water.

Skin rash is among the symptoms of Zika virus disease, according to the World Health Organization. Other symptoms include mild fever, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms typically last from two to seven days.

Zika also is spread in other ways. A pregnant woman can pass Zika onto her fetus or newborn at the time of birth. The virus can also be spread by a man to his sex partners. And while there have not been any confirmed blood transfusion cases in the United States, there have been reports of blood transfusion cases of the Zika virus in Brazil, according to CDC.

Source: CDC, Zika Transmission http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/index.html

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