What you need to know about the Zika virus

The Standard UCU

BY NICKY IREETA KASHOKYE 

It is now public information that the Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalisation is uncommon.

Although Uganda’s health ministry is keen to point out that it has no known cases of the virus, and that the current Americas’ outbreak did not originate in East Africa, Uganda has suffered outbreaks of Ebola in the past, as well as a mysterious illness known as “nodding disease”.

The Zika forest, located close to the main highway from Uganda’s international airport at Entebbe, remains a research site for the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI), an environmental health and protection agency.

On January 4, Daily Monitor , a local daily reported a story…

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