• Vol. 45 No. 4
  • 15 April 2016

Zika Virus: An Evolving Public Health Threat



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Zika virus (ZIKV), a relatively unknown arbovirus, has suddenly come under the spotlight of the media and is causing major concern in public health, infectious disease and perinatal circles. When the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert reporting possible ZIKV transmission in northeast Brazil on 7 May 2015, the geographical spread of the virus from Africa through Asia and the Pacific islands was not surprising.

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