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Friday, 29th January 2016

Zika Virus: Interim Investigative Guidelines

Source: Oregon Health Authority

From The Disease and its Epidemiology:

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted primarily by several species of Aedes mosquitoes (the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue, chikungunya and yellow fever viruses). Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks had been identified in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. In May 2015, Zika virus appeared in Brazil. This was the first Zika virus outbreak in the Western Hemisphere. Zika virus infections have been documented in travelers returning to the United States. Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way for people traveling to areas affected by Zika to prevent infection.

An estimated 80% of persons infected with Zika virus are asymptomatic. Symptomatic infections are generally mild and characterized by fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia and non-purulent conjunctivitis. There is some suspicion that intrauterine infection may be associated with microcephaly.

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