The Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, the same type that carries dengue fever, yellow fever, and chikungunya virus.
Zika was first identified in monkeys in Uganda in 1947 and in human beings in 1952. The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an announcement for the Zika Virus Disease since 2007 as the disease has widely and continuously spread. Confirmed infected patients have been found in 67 countries in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, and America, and the disease is likely to spread to more countries since the disease can so easily be transmitted. Furthermore, the mosquito responsible for the transmission of the Zika virus can be found on many continents around the world.