The virus has spread from continent to continent hitching a ride on mosquitoes that in turn were spread by shipping.
Although the virus is primarily spread through mosquitoes, there is evidence for possible transmission through donated blood, sexual contact, and from mother to infant. http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20751 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24739982 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=zika%2C+sexual+transmission
The virus was first isolated from a rhesus monkey in the Zika forest in Uganda. http://zikavirusnet.com/history-of-zika.html
Science or Fiction
Skeptical Quote of the Week
‘What’s the difference between an invisible, incorporeal, floating dragon who spits heatless fire and no dragon at all?’ – Carl Sagan, Demon Haunted World
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