On April 18, 1947, a monkey in Uganda’s Zika Forest fell ill with a fever of 103 degrees Fahrenheit, 4 degrees higher than normal. “Rhesus No. 766” was part of a yellow fever virus study. Scientists took a blood sample. They conducted tests. The rhesus monkey had been stricken by something unknown. In time, the revealed virus would be named after the place where it was first discovered.
Seventy years after its discovery, Zika remains relatively—and alarmingly—unknown. But that's changing fast—and some of the progress is being driven by researchers at UC San Diego. Read More »