Emergencies

The history of Zika virus

The rise in the spread of Zika virus has been accompanied by a rise in cases of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. First identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys, Zika was later identified in humans in 1952. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika infection was reported from the Island of Yap in 2007. There are currently several countries experiencing Zika virus outbreaks.

  • Zika digital timeline
    The Zika digital timeline illustrates the history of the disease with interactive videos, infographics, GIFs, maps, disease outbreak news, documents, studies and fact sheets.

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