Zika is a virus that, in 80% of the cases, produces no symptoms. But if a pregnant woman is infected, her baby might be born with microcephaly, a birth defect of the child having a very small head and consequent brain damage. The virus is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, though it can also be sexually transmitted and has been found in blood and saliva.
So far the outbreak is mainly in Latin America, especially Brazil, which has gone so far as to recommend that women not get pregnant until the mosquitoes are brought under control. This summer, though, the world comes to Brazil, with the Olympic games in Rio De Janiero. The virus may threaten the games.) And it is now in the United States, with 12 cases in Florida (though the patients picked up the virus elsewhere) and a sexually-transmitted case in Texas. A case has also been confirmed in Europe
After the jump, I excerpt and link to a very useful site that gives questions and answers about the Zika virus. [Read more...]