In May 2015, the World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere.
Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. Some 80 percent of those infected will never know they were infected as they will have no symptoms. The other 20 percent will have mild self-limiting symptoms, such as fever, rash, joint pain or conjunctivitis. Symptoms typically begin two to seven days after being bitten by an infected mosquito and lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.
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