Zika virus is spread through mosquito bites. Although most people experience only mild flu-like symptoms, if a pregnant woman contracts the virus, the infection can pass to the unborn child and cause severe birth defects. No vaccine or drug exists to prevent or treat Zika virus infection. Therefore, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus is carefully monitoring mosquito populations, and acting fast to exterminate the local mosquito population if Zika is detected.
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