Consider the following statements:
- In tropical regions, Zika virus disease is transmitted by ‘the same mosquito that transmits dengue.
- Sexual transmission of Zika virus disease is possible
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
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(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
- Zika virus disease is spread by the same Aedes species mosquito responsible for transmitting dengue and chikungunya viruses in tropical regions. Therefore, statement 1 is correct.
- Zika can be transmitted through mosquito bites, as well as intrauterine infection, and can be sexually transmitted even if the infected person is asymptomatic, as stated in statement 2.