A molecular model of the Zika virus (ZIKV), a member of the Flaviviridae family and Flavivirus genus. Zika fever is an arthropod-borne illness transmitted by mosquitoes, similar to dengue fever or West Nile disease. Although some may never experience any symptoms when infected, common symptoms include fever, headaches, rash, pink eye, and joint pains. However, recent data suggests that newborns of mothers infected by the Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy are at an increased risk for microcephaly, a neurodevelopmental disorder resulting in reduced skull size and an underdeveloped brain.
February 6th, 2017
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