Zika Virus: Implications for Public Health

by Daniele Focosi, Fabrizio Maggi, and Mauro Pistello
Clin Infect Dis. (2016) 63 (2): 227-233. – First published online: April 5, 2016

7 pp. 402 kB

The World Health Organization has declared the current Zika virus (ZIKV) epidemic a public health emergency of international concern. Lack of vaccines and reliable diagnostic tests, broad geographical distribution of mosquito species that can transmit the virus, and absence of population immunity in newly affected countries are causes for concern. Although most infected persons are asymptomatic, ZIKV has been associated with a rise in cases of neurological complications and fetal central nervous system malformations. This review summarizes the current understanding of ZIKV biology and epidemiology, as well as possible interventions to prevent contagion and transmission.

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