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Zika Virus Disease

Zika virus

About Zika Virus Disease
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Zika virus disease (Zika or ZIKV) is a disease caused by the Zika virus, which is spread to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

Ae. aegypti is the primary vector responsible for the current outbreak in the Americas. Ae. albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito) has been shown to be able to transmit Zika virus in Africa and in laboratory settings, although it does not yet appear to be a major vector of the virus." (Plourde and Bloch 2016; WHO 2016)

 

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Impact: The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital, and they very rarely die of Zika. For this reason, many people might not realize they have been infected. However, Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause a serious birth defect called microcephaly, as well as other severe fetal brain defects. Once a person has been infected, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections. (DHHS, CDC)

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Partnership

Zika Virus Infection
Pan American Health Organization; Regional Office for The Americas of the World Health Organization.
See also: Latest Global Situation Report on Zika

United Nations Zika Response Multi-Partner Trust Fund Launched (May 6, 2016)
United Nations.

Potential Zika Virus Risk Estimated for 50 U.S. Cities (Mar 16, 2016)
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Atmos News.

Combating Zika and Future Threats: A Grand Challenge for Development
U.S. Agency for International Development.

Zika Virus
World Health Organization.
See also: Zika Outbreak: WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

Federal Government

Zika Virus
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zika Virus Response Updates from FDA
DHHS. U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

USDA Radio News - Search Results for "Zika Virus"
U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USDA Pest Management Program Targets Virus-transmitting Mosquitoes (Feb 3, 2016)
USDA. Agricultural Research Service. News.

Our Response to the Zika Virus
White House.
See also: Fact Sheet: Preparing for and Responding to the Zika Virus at Home and Abroad (Feb 8, 2016) and The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know (Feb 23, 2016)

State Government

Public Health Resources: State or Territorial Health Departments
DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Provides links and resources for State Health Departments, many of which have information about Zika virus with specific state information.

Academic

UCLA Scientists Unravel the Genetic Evolution of Zika Virus (Apr 15, 2016)
University of California - Los Angeles. UCLA Newsroom.

Researchers Reveal Zika Virus Structure, A Critical Advance in the Development of Treatments (Mar 31, 2016)
Purdue University. News. (Indiana).

A New Paper-based Test for the Zika Virus: Inexpensive Device Can Diagnose Zika in Just a Few Hours (May 6, 2016)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. MIT News.

Scientists Describe New Model to Enhance Zika Virus Research (Apr 19, 2016)
University of Wisconsin - Madison. News.

Professional

Zika Virus
American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Zika Virus Resource Centre
Lancet.
Note: Collection of scientific/technical articles published in Lancet journals; freely accessible

Zika
PLOS Collections.
Note: Collection of all Zika-related research published in PLOS journals; freely accessible

Zika Virus News
Thomas Reuters Foundation News.

Citations

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Zika Virus. [Accessed May 30, 2016].

Plourde, A.R., and E.M. Bloch. 2016. A literature review of Zika virus. Emerging Infectious Diseases 22(7).

World Health Organization. 2016. Zika Virus Technical Report (PDF | 3.49 MB). Interim Risk Assessment, WHO European Region.

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Last Modified: Sep 30, 2016
 
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