– The Zika virus is contracted through the bite of a mosquito. This happens when a mosquito bites and draws blood from an infected person, and then bites another person who is then infected with that original host’s blood. According to CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden, as reported by CBS News, the “aedes aegypti mosquito–the species that carries Zika–can bite four or five people in the course of one blood meal, meaning it can spread disease quickly.”

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