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Zika is not new—why has it struck now?

The virus has been known since 1947, when it was reported in Uganda

By Philip Ball  

A city worker sprays insecticide to kill mosquitoes after class hours at a school in Cucuta, capital of Norte de Santander state, on Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Norte de Santander is the state with the highest cases of Zika virus cases in the country ©Ricardo Mazalan/AP/Press Association Images

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