Here are answers to common questions about the Zika virus, which the World Health Organization recently declared an international public health emergency:
Q: What is the Zika virus?
A: The subject of your mother’s next phone call to you.
Q: How is the Zika virus transmitted?
A: The virus is primarily transmitted through sexual contact with mosquitoes.
Q: Who is at risk of being infected by the Zika virus?
A: You; your loved ones.
Q: Where can the Zika virus be contracted?
A: The virus will likely remain confined to Central and South America unless people in other parts of the world start having sex or going outside.
Q: How contagious is Zika?
A: The infection is easily spread through the dozens of alarmist articles about Zika posted online each hour.
Q: Do I have Zika?
Q: Has the government issued any alerts about Zika?
A: The …