Video: Zika, mosquitoes and how to not get bitten

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Diseases from mosquito bites kill hundreds of thousands of people every year worldwide. Now another mosquito-borne illness is making headlines: the once-rare Zika virus.

The virus has spread throughout Brazil, and the World Health Organization has declared Zika a . Reactions looks at how mosquitoes spread diseases, including Zika, and how you can help protect yourself.

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Feb 08, 2016
Unlike malaria and dengue fever, which kill hundreds of thousands of people each year, Zika virus manifests mild symptoms that resolve themselves within a week, and only 1 in 5 people infected has any symptoms, usually a fever for a couple days. It has about the same impact as having a cold.

There is a possibility that in some cases the fetuses of pregnant women who are infected in the first trimester may be more prone to microcephaly, but according to the WHO (as of 5 February 2016) it hasn't been proven scientifically yet.

For perspective, last year, there were over 1,500 cases of malaria in the U.S., almost all from travelers. In Hawaii, there have been 250 cases of dengue fever in the last 5 months. There were only 35 cases of Zika virus reported in the U.S. in the last year, all from travelers who were infected abroad.

Another non-pandemic fueled by the sensation-hungry media? Yes.

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