Zika, well known in Latin American and Caribbean countries, is known to cause birth defects such as microcephaly if pregnant women become infected.
The Zika virus is often transmitted by mosquitoes, and has been likened to a milder form of dengue fever. No medicine or vaccine exists against the virus, which causes symptoms like rash, fever, pink eye and joint pain, and so the only cure is rest. This is an automatic compilation of DW's Zika related content.
The world's top sailors are gearing up for the Olympic games in Brazil. While there is much concern about the country's economic problems, the Zika virus and doping, marine pollution hasn't featured massively. But the picture-postcard panoramas of Brazil's famous Guanabara Bay don't tell the full story. Locals warn that Olympic sailors will be racing through raw sewage.