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What is the Zika virus?

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By Natalia Rodríguez Jockovich.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that is known to circulate in tropical climates and has caused disease outbreaks in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and most recently in the Americas. The symptoms of Zika are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya, diseases spread through the same mosquitoes that transmit Zika, and usually include low fever or rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, appearing a few days after a person has been infected by an infected mosquito or after sexual intercourse with an infected person. Zika is generally a mild disease and most people with the virus will not even experience symptoms.

Zika virus, mosquitos and climate change: A possible equation

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Adriana de Jesús Salamán

First dengue, then chikungunya, and now zika, all viruses caused by the same mosquito... Why does the proliferation of these insects continue to rise in Puerto Rico and the World? For the geographist, José Seguinot, this is due to their ability to adapt to their environment and might be related to climate change.

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Zika virus outbreak could be possible in Puerto Rico

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Marga Parés Arroyo

The CDC has announced that given the climate conditions in Puerto Rico there could be a zika virus outbreak in the near future.

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Lack of resources to treat rabies in humans in Puerto Rico

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Every year there are cases of rabies in humans in Puerto Rico, but there are not resources to treat or prevent the spread of the disease.

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Puerto Rican works with several NGOs on HIV in Latin America and Puerto Rico

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Jessica Ríos Viner

Carlo André Oliveras Rodríguez, works in public health with HIV patients in Latin America and Puerto Rico.

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