Zika Virus

This page provides information regarding Zika virus.

Page last updated: 18 February 2016

Zika is a mosquito borne virus that is closely related to dengue and also yellow fever. Zika can be found in animals in many parts of Asia and Africa without any outbreaks in humans.

Between 2013 and 2015 there were large outbreaks of Zika in a number of Pacific countries, and in 2015 and 2016, large outbreaks have occurred and are ongoing in Central and South American countries.

Recent outbreaks in the Pacific and Central and South America have raised concerns that Zika might cause certain birth defects if the woman gets Zika while pregnant, but further studies are required to prove that Zika is the cause and to understand how and when it may be passed on to the baby.