Zika Virus: Information for Healthcare Providers and Patients

The emergence of the Zika Virus is a growing public health concern. Most individuals who contract the mosquito-borne disease have mild or no symptoms.[1]  Recently, however, Zika Virus has been linked to increased incidence of fetal microcephaly and Guillain-Barré Syndrome.There are still many questions about the virus and it can be difficult to find reliable information. Below you will find resources where you can find authoritative information and guidelines about the Zika Virus.

Basic Information:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):  Zika Information

World Health Organization (WHO): Zika Virus Q&A (video)

WHO Zika Virus Fact Sheet

Information/Guidelines for Healthcare Providers:

UpToDate: Zika Virus Information (diagnostic and treatment information) *Note: Resource is limited to WUSM network

CDC Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection

CDC Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak

CDC: Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

CDC: Questions and Answers for Pediatric Healthcare Providers: Infants and Zika Virus Infection

Select Articles:

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Possible association between Zika Virus infection and microcephaly. Schuler-Faccini, L. et. al. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (PMID: 26820244); Free to access

Zika Virus associated with microcephaly by Mlakar, J., et. al. New England Journal of Medicine (PMID: 26862926)

Unexpected and rapid spread of Zika Virus in the Americas—Implications for public health preparedness for mass gatherings at the 2016 Brazil Olympic Games by Petersen, E., et. al. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, (PMID: 26854199); Free to access.

Identification of Zika Virus vectors and implications for control by Ayres, CF., Lancet: Infectious Diseases, (PMID: 26852727)

Zika Virus: a previously slow pandemic spreads rapidly through the Americas by Gatherer, D. et. al., Journal of Gene Virology, (PMID: 26684466)

Zika Virus: Brazil’s surge in small-headed babies questioned by report by Butler, D. Nature, (PMID: 26842033)

Find more articles about the Zika Virus in PubMed by clicking this link: PubMed Search Strategy


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