Zika virus reaches Cook Islands in Pacific

The Zika virus that has been circulating in the islands of French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Easter Island has reached the Cook Islands. What was initially thought to be dengue fever, turns out to be Zika virus. As many as 630 people are believed to have been infected by this mosquito-borne disease.

Symptoms of Zika fever may include fever, headache, red eyes, rash, muscle aches, and joint pains. The illness is usually mild and lasts 4-7 days. No deaths from this virus infection have ever been reported.

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