Definition of Zika virus in English:

Zika virus

(also Zika)

noun

  • A virus transmitted by mosquitoes which typically causes asymptomatic or mild infection (fever and rash) in humans, identified originally in Africa and later in other tropical regions, including South America, where it may be associated with an increased incidence of microcephaly in babies born to mothers infected during pregnancy.

Origin

1950s: from the name of the Zika forest in central Uganda, where experiments carried out on a rhesus monkey led to the first isolation of the virus, + virus.

Pronunciation

Zika virus

/ˈziːkə vʌɪrəs/