The Zika virus is stealing headlines across the country. The virus is wreaking havoc on multiple communities, and the side effects are severe. Staying informed can help you stay safe during these troubling times. Here are ten facts about the Zika virus that you need to know.
2The Virus Is Most Often Spread By Mosquitoes
Mosquitoes are to be avoided because they are the primary source of transmission for the virus. The Zika virus remains in the blood of an infected person for at least the first week. During this time, they may be bitten by a mosquito that then transmits the disease to a new person.
In particular, it is the Aedes aegypti mosquito that transmits the virus most often. Of course, you probably cannot identify a flying mosquito just by looking at it, so it is best to avoid them altogether.