Origin and Etymology of zika virus
First Known Use: 1952See Words from the same year
medical Definition of Zika virus
- The Zika virus, spread by mosquitoes, produces an itchy rash, pinkeye, joint pain and fever.
- —Lawrence K. Altman, The New York Times, 3 July 2007
- Of greater concern is the explosive Brazilian epidemic of microcephaly, manifested by an apparent 20-fold increase in incidence from 2014 to 2015, which some public health officials believe is caused by Zika virus infections in pregnant women.
- —Anthony S. Fauci and David M. Morens, The New England Journal of Medicine, 13 Jan. 2016
- Meanwhile, a virus linked to the mosquitoes known as Zika has spread throughout Brazil, causing thousands of cases of brain damage in babies born with abnormally small heads.
- —Joshua Emerson Smith, The Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2016
- Health authorities across South America and the Caribbean are on alert over the spread of Zika virus, a mosquito-borne disease that may be linked to congenital brain deformity.
- —Donna Bowater, The Daily Telegraph (London), 19 Nov. 2015
- An often mild or inapparent disease caused by a flavivirus (an arbovirus genus), Zika fever comes with the scenery in many parts of Africa and Asia.
- —Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995
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