Facts about the Zika virus

In case you missed the latest round of histrionics from the popular media, there have now been a couple of cases of Zika virus reported in Australia.

Here are the peer-reviewed facts about Zika from Lauren Pike at ALiEM that should answer any nagging questions you might have;


Aedes Aegypti

TLDR; Zika is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes (so it’s unlikely that you would get bitten anywhere South of Far North Queensland in Australia) and the first human case was 62 years ago !



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