Category for Zika

Interim guidelines for health care providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age with possible Zika Virus exposure

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated interim guideline is intended for health care providers caring for pregnant women during a Zika Virus outbreak. It includes a new recommendation to offer serologic testing to asymptomatic pregnant women who have …

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Effectiveness of peridomestic space spraying with insecticide on dengue transmission

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There is no clear evidence for recommending peridomestic space spraying as a single, effective control intervention.
Although peridomestic space spraying is commonly applied by national dengue control programmes, there are very few studies evaluating the effectiveness of this intervention. The systematic review …

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Single-reaction multiplex reverse transcription PCR for detection of Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Viruses

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To improve virus detection, streamline molecular workflow, and decrease test costs, we developed and evaluated a multiplex real-time reverse transcription PCR for detecting these viruses.
The detection of Zika Virus using a multiple RT-PCR test (ZCD assay) for Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue …

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Rapid molecular diagnostic test for Zika virus with low demands on sample preparation and instrumentation

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The RT-SIBA method is cost-effective and compatible with portable instrumentation, enabling near patient testing and field use.
Diagnosis of Zika virus has so far relied on serological methods which can be time consuming or nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) which require high …

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Comparison of test results for Zika Virus RNA in urine, serum, and saliva specimens from persons with travel-associated Zika Virus Disease

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Results of testing conducted at Florida Department of Health Bureau of Public Health Laboratories suggest that urine might be the preferred specimen type to identify acute Zika virus disease.
Zika virus is excreted in multiple body fluids, including urine and saliva which …

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A literature review of Zika Virus

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Findings reveal that further investigation is needed on the following areas: virus´ vectors and reservoirs, pathogenesis, genetic diversity and potential synergistic effects of co infection with other circulating viruses.
Zika virus is a flavivirus that was initially identified in Aedes africanus …

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Do mosquito coils prevent malaria

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There is no evidence that burning insecticide containing mosquito coils prevent malaria acquisition.
Malaria infects around 5% of world population and causes approximately 1 million deaths each year. Official guidelines often recommend burning mosquito coils as an effective means to prevent disease. …

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Zika virus infection as cause of congenital brain abnormalities and Guillain-Barré syndrome

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There was sufficient evidence found to indicate that Zika virus is a cause of congenital abnormalities and a trigger of Guillain-Barré syndrome.
In March 2016, the World Health Organization stated that there was scientific consensus that the Zika virus was a cause …

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Zika Virus Disease Epidemics

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Zika virus infection has probably been underdiagnosed and underreported in disease-endemic settings.
Zika is a mosquito-borne viral disease clinically similar to dengue and other tropical infectious diseases. The study aims to review the epidemiology of Zika virus infection and to describe the …

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Update: Interim Guidance for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus – United States, July 2016

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The CDC interim guidance for the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus, updated in July 2016, applies to all men and women who have travelled to or reside in areas with active Zika …

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