Fact Sheet

Zika Virus: Current Outbreak and Ongoing Research Efforts

Zika Virus Research Efforts

PhRMA March 16, 2016

The Zika virus is a tropical, mosquito-borne illness that is transmitted after being bitten by the Aedes mosquito – the same type of mosquito that spreads Dengue, Chikungunya, and Yellow Fever. Symptoms of the disease are usually mild, including fever, joint pain, rashes, and viral conjunctivitis (red/itchy eyes), and appear within a week of being exposed. However, because only 1 in 5 people infected with the disease will exhibit symptoms, many will not realize they are infected.