Published On: Mon, Feb 8th, 2016

Zika virus: 5 things to know

A obvious “Five things to know about…. Zika pathogen infection” essay for physicians highlights pivotal points about this newly emerged pathogen in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal)

Zika pathogen is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, that are active during a day. They also broadcast dengue and chikungunya viruses. Physicians should be warning to symptoms in travellers returning from Central and South America, Mexico and a Caribbean. Zika pathogen might be related to Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly in babies innate to women putrescent with Zika virus.

A blood exam is used to diagnosis Zika pathogen infection. Acetaminophen might be used to assuage pain and heat in influenced patients.

Source: Canadian Medical Association Journal

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