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Zika Virus Symptoms And Treatment: What You Need To Know

On Monday, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus outbreak has reached the status of an international public health emergency.

There's definitely cause for concern here, but in some ways it's a good thing the WHO made this declaration, as it means more money, time and resources will be dedicated to addressing and researching the threat the Zika virus poses.

If you're wondering what the Zika virus is, how it impacts you and how to keep to yourself safe, the WHO, among others, is doing a great job tweeting out helpful info.

Here are 11 tweets that will help you make sense of the Zika virus and offer info on what to do moving forward.

The current Zika virus outbreak was sourced back to Brazil, but it spread across the Americas.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus, spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus.

There is currently no vaccine or treatment, but symptoms are mild and usually last around a week.

The larger concern is Zika is linked to a birth defect known as microcephaly, which results in babies being born with abnormally small heads.

The causal relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly is believed to be strong...

...but it's not scientifically proven.

The WHO is working to find the link.

With that said, pregnant women are the most at-risk population.

There are ways, however, for pregnant women to protect themselves from Zika.

There are cases of the Zika virus in the US as people travel back from affected areas, but no evidence of local transmission.

Long story short: Do your best to avoid mosquitoes right now, stay informed and keep an eye out for updates, especially if you're traveling soon.