Podcast #106: An Update on Zika

zika-virusRun Time: 4 minutes

Author: Mark Kozlowski M.D.

Educational Pearls:

  • Zika is a virus that has been around for about 50 years, but became a public concern last year.
  • Most people who contract Zika are asymptomatic, but sometimes people will develop flu-like symptoms including fever, rash, and joint pain. Women who are pregnant and contract the Zika virus can have pregnancy complications including microcephaly and hydrocephalus. In rare cases, Zika has also been linked to Guillain-Barre Syndrome.
  • Zika is transmitted through mosquitos, but it can also be transmitted through sexual intercourse. People who develop flu-like symptoms after travel to Zika endemic areas, women who are pregnant and have had travel to areas with Zika in the last 12 weeks, and anyone who has had unprotected sexual intercourse with someone who has been exposed to Zika or who has traveled recently to an area with Zika should be tested.
  • For Zika, PCR testing is available from the state and is accompanied by a blood and urine test. You can also have testing done of amniotic fluid or CSF to determine if you have contracted Zika.

Link to Podcast:  http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/an-update-on-zika/

References: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/

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