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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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Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC)
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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Improving adolescent sexual and reproductive health: A systematic review of potential interventions

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Sexual and reproductive health education, counseling, and contraceptive provision are effective in increasing sexual knowledge, contraceptive use, and decreasing adolescent pregnancy.
Adolescents have special sexual and reproductive health needs (whether or not they are sexually active or married). This review assesses …

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Symptom variation on the trauma symptom checklist for children: a within-scale meta-analytic review

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Assessment tools for post-traumatic stress symptoms designed for children and adolescents were largely unavailable prior to the introduction of the Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children (TSCC). The main objective of this within-scale meta-analytic review was to explore the impact of various …

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