Zika, dengue and chikungunya: same family of viruses


South American health ministers held an emergency meeting Wednesday on slowing the spread of the Zika virus, dubbed a “nightmare” by hard-hit Brazil, where it is blamed for brain damage in babies. Dengue, chikungunya and Zika come from the same family of viruses. They are transmitted by the ‘Aedes’ mosquito.

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SOURCE: AFP

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