Published On: Fri, Feb 5th, 2016

The Spread Of The Zika Virus

mosquito-rex  The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in tropical climates and can carry the Zika virus,   yellow fever,   dengue fever and chikungunya.

 

Spain has just confirmed that a pregnant woman has been diagnosed with the Zika virus, marking the first such case in Europe. Other European countries including Ireland and Denmark have reported infections but Spain’s is the first case involving a pregnant woman.

The Zika virus has been around for over 60 years but it has gone global over the past few weeks with the World Health Organisation warning that it has “explosive pandemic potential”. It is a mosquito-borne disease that has symptoms similar to the dengue and chikungunya viruses. Transmission is currently active in several countries across the Americas, Pacific islands and Cape Verde.

 

The World’s Deadliest Animals

Films like Jaws gave sharks a man-eating reputation but when it comes to the animal responsible for the most human fatalities each year, nothing comes close to matching the mosquito.

According to Gatesnotes, 725, 000 people are killed by devastating diseases carried by mosquitos annually. Snakes inflict 50, 000 fatalities every year while dogs kill a further 25, 000 people, primarily through rabies.

 

 

This chart shows countries and territories with active Zika virus transmission and reported cases.

Infographic: The Spread Of The Zika Virus | Statista

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