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THE ZIKA VIRUS YOUR NEED-TOKNOW GUIDE

The epidemic isn’t going away, so if you’re planning on travelling to high-risk parts of the world, here’s how to protect yourself

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PROFESSOR JIMMY WHITWORTH is professor of International Public Health at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Exactly what is Zika?

It’s an illness caused by a flavivirus, similar to the dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses, all of which are spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Most people will have little or no symptoms (only around one in five notices mild symptoms, such as a slight fever and headaches), but the telltale sign is an itchy rash, although that could have other causes.

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