On February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the fast-moving Zika virus an international public health emergency. Much about Zika virus and the threat it poses remains unclear. However, global health officials agree the primary way the virus spreads is through bites from infected mosquitoes. Knowing the answers to the following common questions about mosquitoes and Zika virus can help protect you and your family from this disease:
WHERE DID ZIKA VIRUS START?
HOW IS ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMITTED?
Humans infected while traveling can bring the virus into a new area on their return. Outbreaks occur through what’s referred to as local transmission, when mosquitoes in an area become infected and begin transmitting the virus to humans through bites. The virus spreads as uninfected mosquitoes bite infected humans, and then transmit the virus by biting others.