Podcast #59: The Zika Virus

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Author: Dr. Suzanne Chilton

Educational Pearls:

  • Zika originated in 1947 in a Risus monkey in Uganda, the first human case was in 1952 – spread by the Aedea aeygpti and the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
  • For adults symptoms are mild – maculopapular rash, conjunctivitis, fever, and joint pain for several days to a week.
  • Numerous birth defects for a child if a pregnant woman gets the Zika virus – it is not known what stage of pregnancy is most affected.
  • The states that will be most affected by the Zika virus will likely be Texas and Florida, due to political and environmental factors.
  • 3.5 millions people in Puerto Rico will have Zika within the next year.

Link to Podcast:  http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/the-zika-virus/

References:  http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/zika/en/

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