What you should know about Zika
Q: What is the Zika virus?
A: It is a virus infection transmitted by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, which also carries the dengue and chikungunya viruses.
Q: What are the symptoms?
A: They include a fever, an itchy rash, body aches, headache, red eyes and occasionally, nausea and vomiting.
These usually develop within three to 12 days after the mosquito bite and often last between four and seven days.
Q: Who is at greatest risk?
A: Unborn babies are the most at risk should their mothers become infected with the Zika virus. Between 1 per cent and 10 per cent of women infected during pregnancy give birth to babies with defects.
Q: Is there a cure?
A: At the moment, there is no cure or vaccine. Only the symptoms can be treated.
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