Zika Virus falls into the category of RNA (Ribonucleic Acid) viruses such as dengue and yellow fever. It is spread by a mosquitobite from the Aedes species. It is also sexually transmitted by an infected partner. The origins of the isolation of Zika Virus lie in Zika Forest of Uganda during 1947. During the 50s, it was found in few close parts of Africa and Asia.
Although Zika is not a fatal virus, women who get pregnant after having contracted it give birth to children with a condition called Microcephaly; characterized by hampered brain growth resulting in smaller sized heads as compared to body, speech delays andimpairment, as well as movement problems.
How to Protect Yourself
There are quite a few ways you can protect yourself from contracting this virus, some of which have been listed below.