Where does zika virus come from?
Hello, my friend is a 25 y/o female presenting to clinic with joint pain in her knees. She also complains of muscle pain in her lower extremities. She stated that the pain started two days after she returned to the United States from Guatemala. She did not have any pain previous and does not remember doing anything that would hurt it. She also complained of a headache and feeling under the weather. She has been diagnosed with zika virus infection. Where does zika virus come from?
@Ruhi Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases may not have been recognized.