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Zika Virus – Protecting Yourself

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Zika Virus – Protecting Yourself

Updated July 10, 2019 The Zika Virus is a mosquito-borne virus spread from the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito (which also spreads the dengue and chikungunya viruses). The Zika Virus can also be sexually transmitted. If a pregnant woman becomes infected with the Zika virus, it can cause the baby to be born with a condition called, microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition wherein a baby's head is significantly smaller than normal because of underdevelopment of the brain.1 "Zika virus infection poses many unknown risks, especially to those of reproductive age." – Catherine Y. Spong, M.D., Acting Director, NICHD2 Zika...

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