Where did Zika originate?

By on February 4, 2016

I didn’t know only a specific type of mosquito carries Zika, but then until recently we didn’t know it could be transmitted sexually.


Zika, which was discovered incidentally in Uganda in 1947 in the course of mosquito and primate surveillance, had until now remained an obscure virus confined to a narrow equatorial belt running across Africa and into Asia. The virus circulated predominantly in wild primates and arboreal mosquitoes such as Aedes africanus and rarely caused recognized “spillover” infections in humans. Its current explosive pandemic reemergence is therefore truly remarkable.

Read the full article: Zika Virus in the Americas — Yet Another Arbovirus Threat — NEJM

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