Information About Zika Forest

The Zika Forest also known as the Ziika Forest is a tropical forest near Entebbe in Uganda.


Definition of Ziika is overgrown in the Luganda language, the forest covers around 25 hectares (62 acres) and its easy to access combining several ecosystems, it has a rich variety in plants and moths as it’s the home to about 40 types of mosquitoes.
The forest is also accessible for bird watching and sightseeing.
Former U.S President Jimmy Carter once visited Zika Forest for bird watching as it has an extraordinary species of birds.


The Zika virus was named after the forest, it spreads by daytime- active Aedes mosquitoes, the infection often causes no or only mild symptoms that are similar to a form of dengue fever, there is no specific treatment paracetamol ad rest helps with the symptoms.
 
Mosquito studies 
Investigations about the mosquitoes started in 1946 at Zika as part of a study of human yellow fever by the Yellow Fever Research Institute, also known as (Uganda Virus Research Institute).


Zika virus was isolated from a rhesus monkey stationed at Zika back in 1960, an updated mosquito was finally taken place in 2009- 2010.
The name Zika has been made notorious after the awareness of Zika Virus, involved in a growing number of outbreaks around the globe that started from 2007.

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