Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness primarily spread through mosquito bites. It generally causes a mild disease, with symptoms appearing in about 1 in 5 cases. Symptoms begin 3-14 days after getting infected, and include fever, rashes, joint pain and conjunctivitis, which last for 2 – 7 days. Although anyone may get infected with the Zika virus, the infection is most concerning in women who are pregnant, as there is a risk of life-threatening complications in the fetus.
(Distributed August 12, 2016)