What are causes and risk factors of a Zika virus infection?

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Posted: Fri 03 Jun 2016
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Zika viruses are the cause of the infection. The viruses are transmitted to humans by infected vectors (Aedes mosquitoes) that also transmit other similar diseases such as dengue and Chikungunya. Theoretically, the viruses may be transmitted through blood transfusions or organ donations although to date there are no reports of this type of transmission; there is one report of possible spread through sexual contact.

The major risk factor to get the infection is being in areas where infected mosquitoes reside and not taking precautions to prevent mosquito bites.


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