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Zika Virus: What You Need to Know Now

5 Confirmed cases in North Carolina. 109 pregnant women awaiting results of possible Zika Virus.

There is no immunity or cure for Zika. The Centers for Disease Control is warning pregnant women or those thinking about becoming pregnant to not travel to areas with known infection.
It can cause birth defects such as microcephaly if pregnant women are infected with the virus.
Brazil is considered to be the epicenter of the Zika outbreak after an alarming number of babies were born with abnormally small heads and brain damage.

Concerns are growing about the Zika virus as it continues to spread across the Americas.

Health officials emphasize the virus is primarily contracted through infected mosquitoes, but evidence suggests it could also be sexually transmitted.

Symptoms include fever, joint and muscle pain:
Johnston said non-pregnant people can suffer relatively mild symptoms like a fever, joint and muscle pain, and redness of the eyes.

Zika virus transmitted through Aedes mosquito. The Zika virus can only be transmitted through one type of mosquito called the Aedes mosquito. The breed is much more aggressive than mosquitoes Southern Californians typically see. They will come into a building. They bite during the day. They fly at lower altitudes so children are at greater risk.

How to protect yourself from Zika virus:
Johnston said there are things you can do to protect yourself from mosquito bites, like wearing long pants and sleeves and eliminating standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

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