Dr. Veerabhadrappa G Mendagudli and Shivaleela S Sarawad
The Zika virus got its name from Zika forest in Uganda, Africa. It was first detected in Rhesus monkey in 1947 and was reported in Humans in 1952. It is transmitted by the Aedes Aegypti mosquito, which is also responsible for the spread of dengue and chikungunya. Zika virus is catching global attention due to its alarming connection with microcephaly, a neurological disorder in babies being born with abnormally small heads.