Update on Zika – What you need to know

03 Dec, 2017

Authors: Sáfadi MA, Nascimento-Carvalho CM

Published in: Pediatr Infect Dis J.2017;36(3):333-336

Abstract After remaining related to few sporadic cases in limited regions for more than half century since its discovery, Zika virus (ZIKV) was recently introduced into the Western Hemisphere, first in Brazil and then spreading very rapidly in the Americas. Unexpectedly, an increased incidence of microcephaly and other neurologic malformations in fetuses born to mothers infected with ZIKV during pregnancy was reported in Brazil, leading the World Health Organization to declare this situation a Public Health Emergency of International Concern