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Most symptoms of Zika virus disease are different from those of seasonal flu

The symptoms common to both seasonal flu and Zika virus disease are fever (with varying intensity), muscle and joint pain.
Seasonal flu can cause severe illness or death. The disease is characterized by a sudden onset of high fever, cough (usually dry, can be severe), headache, muscle and joint pain, severe malaise (feeling unwell), sore throat and runny nose.
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Zika virus disease usually causes mild illness, and most people will not develop any symptoms. The most common symptoms of Zika include low fever or rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, appearing a few days after a person has been infected by an infected mosquito or after sexual intercourse with an infected person. However, there is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome which can be a fatal condition.

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