December 16, 2019
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What you need to know about the Zika virus, in 1 video

A health worker gives information during a preventive campaign against the Zika virus and other mosquito-borne diseases, at the cemetery of Presbitero Maestro in Lima, Peru.

Vox has a helpful video explaining the origin and history of the Zika virus, which earlier this month was deemed an international health emergency over concerns it causes birth defects.

The video lays out what health experts now know about the virus. The Maine Center for Disease Control on Thursday said it had confirmed the first case in the state. The person had recently visited South America, said Dr. Siiri Bennett, the state epidemiologist, adding that there is no risk to Mainers, and that the mosquito that transmits the virus is not found in the state.

[MORE: Maine’s first Zika case confirmed in Hancock County resident]

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