|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 287-288
Zika virus infection: New emerging infection and public health implication
Public Health Curriculum, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China; Department of Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand
|Date of Web Publication||1-Mar-2016|
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection: New emerging infection and public health implication. Med J DY Patil Univ 2016;9:287-8
The recent publication on Zika virus infection in Med J Dr. DY Patil Med Univ is a good update on the emerging infectious disease.  Z. virus infection can cause dengue-like infection.  Clinical problem of acute febrile illness with hemorrhagic complications can be seen.  Similarly, severe disease mimicking dengue can be observed.  This infection is little known and studied. It is already reported in several tropical countries around the world. , The emergence of the disease in nontropical countries has also been reported.  Furthermore, a greater concern is the recent evidence of congenital Z. virus infection.  Because of lack of good diagnostic tools and surveillance, it can be expected that the data on its epidemiology are still incomplete. In general practice, Z. virus infection might be presumptively diagnosed in cases with dengue-like clinical features but negative for dengue and chikungunya diagnostic tests.  However, the diagnoses of dengue in endemic countries, which are usually poor tropical settings, are by history and clinical examination. , Hence, there is no doubt that the Z. virus infection is usually under diagnosed. In addition, there is also some new evidence on the rapid change of the molecular epidemiology of the virus and the pattern of its corresponding mosquito vector.  As a new emerging disease, public health measures to tackle the emergency are needed. The setting of diagnostic and surveillance system for the Z. virus infection has to be urgently put in place. ,
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