[ zee-kuh ]

  1. Also called Zika fever, Zika disease, Zika virus disease . an illness caused by a chiefly mosquito-borne virus of the genus Flavivirus, typically characterized by mild fever, rash, and joint pain.

  2. the virus that causes this illness; Zika virus.

Origin of Zika

First recorded in 1950–55, Zika is from the Luganda word zika “overgrown”; the virus was first identified in a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest in Uganda

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