Zika virus disease
Shors, Teri Department of Biology and Microbiology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Last reviewed:April 2019
- History and spread of Zika virus disease
- Clinical manifestations
- Microcephaly connection
- Diagnosis and treatment
- Prevention and control
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
A viral disease caused by the Zika virus that is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti mosquito. Zika virus is an emerging virus that is following the trail of the dengue and chikungunya viruses. The primary zoonotic agent responsible for the transmission of the Zika virus is the Aedes aegypti mosquito (Fig. 1); in addition, other Aedes mosquitoes may transmit this virus. See also: Animal virus; Diptera; Economic entomology; Epidemiology; Mosquito: vector of disease; Virus; Zoonoses
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