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.
A mobile DNA lab for remote regions is one thing, but a chemistry kit for kids at Christmas is another altogether. Bento Lab co-founder Bethan Wolfenden tells DW why we all need to understand genetics.