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Zika fever detected in India: 6 symptoms of zika viral disease

WHO has confirmed 3 cases of zika in India. Here are the key symptoms of zika virus infection.

Written by Bhavyajyoti Chilukoti | Updated : June 1, 2017 10:54 AM IST



Zika is a vector-borne disease caused by zika virus and is a native of Africa and Asia. Unlike dengue and malaria, the zika virus can spread through body fluids like semen and blood and also from a pregnant woman to the child. As WHO (World Health Organization) declares zika a global emergency, here are six symptoms of the viral infection you should know.



Headache: As the zika virus is transmitted through blood, it can lead to severe headache which usually lasts for more than three days.


Skin Rash

Skin rash: One of the classic symptoms of dengue, skin rash is also a sign of zika viral disease. It usually develops after two-three days of infection and also leads to pale skin.


Muscle-joint Pain

Muscle/joint pain: Also known as arthalgia, muscle and joint pain might signify zika infection. It mainly affects the muscles and joints of the legs and arms, especially the thigh and elbow region.