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The Zika virus, explained

December 17, 2019

If you’ve never heard of the Zika virus
before this year, you’re not alone. It was isolated from monkeys in 1947 in the
Zika rainforest in Uganda and since then it hasn’t really bothered humans much at all.
Until now. The Zika virus appeared in Brazil for the first time in 2015, and more than
a million people have been infected since then.
Just to put that into perspective, the last largest outbreak happened in french polynesia
and it really only spread around to a couple hundred people.
80% of people with the virus don’t have symptoms at all.The others have mild symptoms
including fever and a rash. So here’s why public health officials are
concerned. Now we’re learning that when pregnant women
contract Zika, they can pass it on to their fetuses and this in turn can cause terrible birth defects.
This is microcephaly. It’s a birth defect that involves incomplete head and brain development.
So they look like they have very small heads, and what that means is that they’re basically mentally
disabled, they have a shorter life expectancy and it’s just an absolutely devastating disease.
Microcephaly has multiple causes, but officials think it might also be linked to Zika.
That’s why public health officials in Latin America and the Caribbean are cautioning women
not to get pregnant right now. In the US the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention took a similarly extreme measure when they issued an unprecedented travel advisory
telling women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to countries in Latin America where the virus
is circulating. That included their very own territory, Puerto Rico.
Zika virus is carried by mosquitos. it might be transmitted through sex as well.
And the type of mosquitos that spread Zika live in warm areas all over the world, including
the US. The main vector for this disease is called the Aedes
aegypti, and it’s mostly found along the southern US. But there’s some question about whether
it’s also carried by another mosquito called the Aedes albopictus and that has a much broader
range. Right now there’s no cure or treatment for
Zika. They’re working on vaccines but that could
take years. So really the only way to protect yourself is to try not to get bitten by mosquitos,
which is difficult to do. It’s especially important that pregnant
women are aware of the risk. There needs to be a lot of awareness about
the virus and about this potential damage to the fetus later.


  • Reply Kate Kuehl February 9, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Why just educating women? If it's an STI as well as a mosquito borne illness, everyone should be informed. Plus, it takes two people to have a child.

  • Reply khoa pham February 9, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Just another reason to hate mosquito's. I saw one in my house the other day and, threw my girlfriend out of the room and flattened it!

  • Reply Logic February 10, 2016 at 10:37 am

    We need to just get rid of all the mosquitoes, ticks and fleas, they are all hated, not required and spread disease. Bats are another threat as well.

  • Reply Livelive February 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    What a way to depopulate a people. Shame, shame, shame !

  • Reply Chriss S February 11, 2016 at 7:53 pm

    This a bioengineered invasion!!!! Latin America will not kneel down!!!

  • Reply Jessica Smith February 12, 2016 at 2:07 am

    when i was watching this i got bitten by a mosquito U.U

  • Reply Lodewijk Abrahams February 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    zika- mosquito's are alert for #petroleum

  • Reply Reag Aol February 15, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Does it have any damaging affects to normal adults?

  • Reply billybob jenkins February 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    I would say that for the time being the best thing to do is just not get pregnant.(Yes I know that's the conclusion most people draw I just wanted to spout my opinion because im a terrible narcissist and think people will care.)

  • Reply Mônica Miranda February 15, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Use pants and socks to protect your legs and feet, that is where Aedes Aegypti bytes most.
    The story of this virus is more complex or so I have read.

    Asking women not to get pregnant means ask them no to have sex at all, since no contraception is a hundred per cent safe. Or they might make sex using astronaut's clothes.

    This world is in its final days, but some people are unwilling to accept this fact. When you have an input on this dynamic system like the Federal Reserve Bank and such a mighty military complex like the US has, you can expect the worst. There is only one reason the Earth has not blown out yet to me: God is in control of the history of mankind and he is being compassionate towards those that can still be saved.

    However you can expect the DIES IRAE, the days of the Lord's revenge against all lies and abominations.

    Jesus Christ did tell the truth. He is the Truth.

  • Reply Ihhh Rr5ty February 17, 2016 at 6:37 am

    I was born in Africa im not racist but Africa is the devil's creation.

  • Reply SentinelPrimek February 17, 2016 at 8:20 am

    That voice is so boring it makes me itch

  • Reply Matt Frankman February 18, 2016 at 2:32 am

    I'm sorta scared though, I've recently visited Colombia for over a month during this outbreak, yet somehow I was completely oblivious to the whole thing.

  • Reply zBones762 February 18, 2016 at 9:01 am

    Zika is not related to Microcephaly. There is no data supporting that claim what so ever. Goodbye Vox, your content is misleading garbage.

  • Reply kevin smith February 18, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    How do conspiracy theorists react to this? "They're working on vaccines…" "OF COURSE THEY ARE! THEY MANUFACTURED THE VIRUS SO THEY CAN HAVE AN EXCUSE TO INJECT EVERYONE" "…but that could take years so right now the best advice is to just avoid mosquitoes" "OH OF COURSE, THEY'RE WITHHOLDING THE CURE BECAUSE THERES MORE MONEY IN TREATMENT" And when cures / vaccines ARE delivered… "OH WHERE DID ZIKA GO MUST HAVE BEEN A FALSE FLAG WONDER WHAT THEY WERE DISTRACTING US FROM HMMM"

  • Reply Das Ente ist nah! February 19, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Kill it before it lay eggs…

  • Reply Misc Pete February 19, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    You really should check your facts. Your numbers are all wrong.

  • Reply Nico.Anonymous February 20, 2016 at 1:47 am

    i think ill stay inside for summer

  • Reply Mike H February 21, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    I swear to god, if the cure gets privatized and sold I'm gonna get really pissed

  • Reply Jacob CR February 21, 2016 at 11:10 pm

    Why did it show a picture of Africa when she said brazil?? WTF?

  • Reply David Vernon February 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    If you're really paying attention and doing a little research it's easy to see what's really occurring through this dis-ease.

  • Reply Vela Anónimos February 22, 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Fucking mosquitoes man……..

  • Reply Cristian // February 22, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    In my Opinion if you know your child's going to be born with a disease that wont give them the full chance at life it's probably better to abort. It's what I would want at least. It's not like they're going to know what life is so I mean…

  • Reply Benitopsp February 23, 2016 at 12:24 am

    The narrator is soooooo bad… How does she have a job? She almost made me fall asleep.

  • Reply D k February 23, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Its Bill Gates to blame for spreading it. He and illuminati globalists have been working on this for years…Also its another way to get vaccines into people and poison them with stuff that is even worse than Zika

  • Reply Nat February 23, 2016 at 8:08 pm

    This is god awful audio recording with two different narrators. What producer approved this? Come on people…

  • Reply itsmechelsealeigh February 24, 2016 at 12:18 am

    the alternating voices are really distracting!!!!

  • Reply Tina Maloth February 26, 2016 at 7:34 am

    explains everthing lol zika virus is so dangerous virus

  • Reply juanthestabber February 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Telling brazillian women not to get pregnant? Good luck with that.

  • Reply mick loving February 26, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    sees map of where the zika-transmitting mosquitoes are in the us
    is oregonian


  • Reply JustSomebody February 26, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Jesus, those narrators have awful voice cracks. Please utilize other staff to narrate next time , please…

  • Reply The KDT February 27, 2016 at 1:58 am

    And people still say there is a god, what kind of a fucking god would do this wtf

  • Reply Remy February 27, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Nature finally finds a way to stop us. I hope to god no vaccine is found and it spreads rampantly across the world.

  • Reply FaceTubeU February 27, 2016 at 8:20 am

    Correlation does not equal causation. This is bad science and nothing more than another click-bait video acting as an echo chamber for the mainstream media. I would expect more from a channel that prides itself on sharing factual knowledge. There are reports of high numbers of microcephaly births in the same areas of Brazil years before the Zika virus was even shown to exist in the country. In regions where the Zika virus originated in Africa, there has not been any reported increases of microcephaly amongst those infected either in the past and recently. If we are to use the same level of speculative causation, the pesticides that have been used to control the mosquito populations in Brazil, or, the virus and pesticides acting in concert, could be the cause. The point is, it has not yet been proven that the Zika virus is the cause of increased cases of microcephaly in Brazil, or anywhere else, and to push the narrative that it is the cause does a disservice to finding the real cause which may be something else entirely.

  • Reply Hoho February 27, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Im so happy that i live in Europe :")
    Tho 1 case appeared in france…well it will take time untill it will spread 😀

  • Reply Noel Makarth February 27, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Close your doors people! Stop leaving them open!!!!!!!

  • Reply George February 28, 2016 at 7:11 am

    hahaha who wants to bet the United states didn't spread this shit to try and control population.

  • Reply TTI - After Hours February 28, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Ebola was supposed to be "THE END OF THE WORLD!!!". But where is it? Something else will be "THE END OF THE WORLD!!!" in 3 months tops.

  • Reply Shazlan Azwar February 28, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Zika – Population control.

  • Reply Dribob March 2, 2016 at 2:23 am

    That moment when you realize you live in one of the US Aedes aegypti hotspots

  • Reply Dimitriye Danilović March 4, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Time to start mosquito eradication.

  • Reply ELEMENT good bye March 6, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Fuuucckkk kill Zika with fire or fatal.

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  • Reply Luísa Souza March 10, 2016 at 6:27 am

    Ok but the video was so incomplete 1. The connection between zika and microcephaly has not actually been proved yet and shouldnt be treated like a fact until it is 2. Zika has also been held responsible for causing Guillain-Barré syndrome, which can be pretty severe and terrifying, so not only a worry for pregnant females 3. Regular mosquitoes have been proven in laboratory to be able to carry the virus, so that might spread it a hell of a lot more 4. It is supposed to be transmissible by saliva also, besides sex.

  • Reply Shad0wSpade March 18, 2016 at 4:37 am

    were all gonna die, its like Ebola 2.0 ! );

  • Reply Ashliyahnah Taylor March 18, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    omg this is crazy man

  • Reply Ser_Weezus March 20, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    What is crazy is all these stupid people having more babies. We dont need fucking babies!

  • Reply darth allzen March 21, 2016 at 3:05 am

    oh! cut the crap just googel bill gates and the mosquito vaccine.. the year 2012 and the time and place he released the mosquito's. Florida the Caribbean and south America. if you can find the video about the possible mutations. not if but when the cross breading with non GMO mosquitos and the cloned vaccine mosquito will produce a genetic mutation of the Genes responsible for the vaccine. think about this.. WHY HAS NO ONE REALLY HEARD OF THE ZIKA VIRUS BUT IT HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE WHEN. REALLY WTF……..

  • Reply Vic Die March 21, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I live in Alaska, should I be worried from a Penguin bite?

  • Reply AleJimenez27 March 23, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Aedes strikes again… This mosquito is a known public health enemy in Panama

  • Reply WildWestNeko March 23, 2016 at 10:17 am

    Zika is a coverup, MONSANTO is the culprit for birth defects.

  • Reply Devin Peirce March 29, 2016 at 11:35 am

    If God exists ? Why would he allow this to happen ?

  • Reply R Gonzales April 1, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    The narrator's weird pauses make me dizzy. 🙁
    Her voice is sexy tho.

  • Reply Marcos Bustos April 6, 2016 at 3:33 am

    I really hate mosquitos, Is one of those species that i'm sure noone will miss and we should totally focus on exterminating them

  • Reply dragon1warrior April 29, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    You can go to Canada because moscatos don't bit in cold temperatures. So go to cold country and you will be safe.

  • Reply What The Heck TV May 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    ok,so thanks to bill gates and the goverment,they created this zika virus,to create a vaccien,to make a ton of money ,while shortening the life span of babies,and people

  • Reply daftrhetoric May 21, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Does the script actually declare these pauses and awkward phrase spacings? I understand it generally sounds better to remove some unnatural polish from language and adapt it to more conversational rhythms, but this video took it way too far.

  • Reply daftrhetoric May 21, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    The wry little laugh by the narrator at the notion that the cdc would discourage travel to epidemiologically active areas is tasteless. The gravity of microcephaly and integrity of the quarantine are extremely incongruous with that unconditional prejudice favoring free exchange.

  • Reply טימור חורשין May 29, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    safe yourself

  • Reply Sprognut Animations June 1, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    Of course it's damn misquotes that spread this thing we need to exterminate the damn things mosquitos have caused too many problems it's time we United and make mosquitoes extinct we need to create a disease that can kill mosquitoes but don't effect us that way the disease can kill mosquitoes and we won't have to worry about malaria and zika as much

  • Reply David Noble June 15, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Where did Zika begin? Google the Zika patent owned by the Rockerfellow Foundation. That means that it was invented, as something new, useful and valuable. It sure is: they are selling it for $599 per vile to people who are qualified to have it for research into how to control it.

  • Reply David Noble June 15, 2016 at 12:37 am


  • Reply beyyyaaa strawberrycloudsooh June 18, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Going to Peru next year…not excited anymore

  • Reply Alex Stefanov June 26, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    if the infected baby dies: the mother is really sad. if the baby lives: it's gonna live with a mental disorder. This is very sad…

  • Reply LVC85costa June 27, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Tin foil hat here, Larvicide created by Monsanto backfired. Zika has been around for ages, the microcephaly in babies wasn't…. until now.

  • Reply xCaptxCrunchx July 2, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Didn't really explain Zika, the video basically stated don't get pregnant. lol

  • Reply Hanago July 7, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    OK,so in 2 years,women can get pregnant again. good thing I'm not a grown up yet??

  • Reply Dongseong Hwang July 10, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Women athlete who have plan to get pregnant should not go to Rio summar Olympics?

  • Reply Theyungcity23 July 12, 2016 at 2:54 am

    A friend's relative got the virus way in northern illinois

  • Reply mosot624 July 15, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Brazilians are KROGANS

  • Reply Ryan Westley July 25, 2016 at 2:43 am

    Sounded like she was struggling to read that script.

  • Reply Eating Octopodes August 7, 2016 at 5:10 am

    why dont kill the damn mosquitos already?

  • Reply Alexander Banks August 7, 2016 at 9:47 am

    can we die

  • Reply Nau seous August 13, 2016 at 4:00 am

    Cause of ZIKA virus, isn't Zika it's pesticides, it's Monsanto!

  • Reply Xtatic August 21, 2016 at 2:41 am

    ive never seen them spray for mosquitos and ive been here since 2016 traveled from tampa to jacksonville to florida keys and in between its worse than ebola it attacks the brain and nervous system gives you headaches and flu and ive been bitten thousands of times all over florida theres billions of mosquitos and they are not spraying for them they only show small video clips and anywhere else out of state when they spray for mosquitos it kills them so bad that your good for the rest of the year and here there everywhere trillions of them and they dont spray the everglades or area around it its a mess and lots of people are dieing but they lie and say it cant be confirmed its related to zika posted Aug 20,2016

  • Reply NoHillary August 25, 2016 at 4:49 am

    too many humans

  • Reply The Renegade Climber September 3, 2016 at 9:03 am

    2 days ago this virus has entered my country (Indonesia)

  • Reply pijin productions September 18, 2016 at 11:14 am


  • Reply andrew langham November 18, 2016 at 5:41 am

    2 grams of Bovine Lactoferrin oral capsules per day for 12 months clears
    all viruses from neurons' is safe during pregnancy but every medical
    establishment' drugs companies' Chief medical officers'' GP's entire
    press & media have totally shunned this research which was carried
    out by Alexander Fleming' Dr Florey at Oxford and retrived and evaluated
    again by myself; Please could you enlighten me as I am greatly
    perplexed and dissappointed that the human race can be so' ……..words
    here now fail me' Many thanks' andrew langham' Burton on trent UK
    date;- 16 Nov 2016

  • Reply locao51 February 19, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    population control in brazil

  • Reply andrew langham April 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Ivermectin kills the zika virus yellow fever' and chikungunya in vivo but is not safe during pregnancy

  • Reply andrew langham May 8, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Transforming growth factor-beta 2 (TGF-β2) wolbachia affects this cytokine by switching off cif A genes; fact; causes microcephaly and many other problems' such as makes dengue and west nile' malaria far more dangerous' fact;

  • Reply TheWhoGivesAShitChannel June 21, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    hate to say it but I do believe this is nature's way of decreasing/slowing the growth of the human population world-wide

  • Reply Mark Griffiths June 26, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    thank you that really helped my son in his project

  • Reply Micheal Name July 5, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Repel your entire house and get use to the smell

  • Reply St0rmFlake August 12, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    ay ?????????

  • Reply farsatacklare89 2 October 5, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Plauge Inc.

  • Reply Videos For People December 20, 2017 at 9:48 pm

    Wow! No Zika here in Colorado. Nothing bad ever happens here.

  • Reply chōcōbröd December 25, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Im safe im from Canada ????

  • Reply Olivia Roche December 28, 2017 at 6:39 am

    Damn mosquitoes!

  • Reply TOMI 3356 #2 January 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

    Owner Virus Zika – Foundation Rockefeller.

  • Reply Rehan Abdul January 14, 2018 at 7:09 pm

    De wey

  • Reply Flowerboy3008 January 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Ugandan knuckles accidentally broke out zika..and not Ebola…SPIT ON THE DISBELIEVERS GIVE DEM THE ZIKA

  • Reply Tyler Mustard loooser March 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    Zika babies look like lumpy potatoes

  • Reply RMDYMechy April 22, 2018 at 3:07 am

    god damnit ugandan knuchles

  • Reply Dutch Robinson August 29, 2018 at 5:03 am

    If I’m gay am I fine?

  • Reply Đông Mai September 6, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Brazilian here; aedis egypti is an old enemy for us, because it spreads other deseases like Dengue. But things got much worse since ZIka Virus and Chikungunya.

  • Reply Daniel Swensen December 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm

    WHY are there soooooo many stupid people in the comment the human race will fall because of our stupidity this is why i lost faith in the human race

  • Reply Simon Kucanvbfvkfy December 22, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Zika máš frajera a dúfam že bude v videu

  • Reply connor swift May 7, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    The Zika virus has only verifiablely spread to 17 people….This is clearly a false flag….Zika has existed for 150 years and affects 250,0000 people within the United States…Only NOW it's a problem….Very suspicious

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