The Zika virus is spreading fast, and has now been found in 22 countries in the
Here's the lowdown:
1 The virus was first identified in
2 The disease is not usually serious, but now scientists say it may be linked to microcephaly – where newborn babies are born with small heads and brains. It has also been linked to Guillain-Barré Syndrome – a rare but severe brain disorder than can cause paralysis.
3 The Zika virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito. This is the same mosquito that transmits other grim diseases, like dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever.
4 There is currently no vaccine for Zika, and treatment may take up to a year to develop.
5 The mosquito is in
6 In the
7 Earlier this month, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention warned pregnant women to avoid travel to 14 countries and territories in Latin America and the