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Title: Zika virus and microcephaly in Southeast Asia: A cause for concern?
Authors: Atichat Kuadkitkan
Nitwara Wikan
Wannapa Sornjai
Duncan R. Smith
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2020
Citation: Journal of Infection and Public Health. Vol.13, No.1 (2020), 11-15
Abstract: © 2019 The Author(s) Zika virus (ZIKV), a mosquito transmitted virus in the family Flaviviridae, genus Flavivirus, recently emerged to cause infections in more than 70 countries and territories around the world. While human infection is normally asymptomatic, it can also result in a mild febrile disease similar to dengue fever. However, when a pregnant woman is infected, ZIKV can cause fetal abnormalities including microcephaly. Evidence has suggested that ZIKV has circulated in Southeast Asia for more than a decade and yet cases of ZIKV associated microcephaly remain sparsely documented. This review seeks to collate the information currently existing on ZIKV associated microcephaly in Southeast Asia, and assess the potential future risk posed by this virus.
ISSN: 1876035X
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2020

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