Zika Virus: Time to Be Concerned But Not Worried

Jacobs Journal of Community Medicine. 2016, 2(2): 022

4 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2016

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Varshil Mehta

MGM Medical College

Anum Akbar

Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre

Abstract

Zika Virus has suddenly out struck the world with its rapid spread. It is an emerging arthropod-borne virus belonging to Flaviviridae family which is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. It is very similar to other viruses from Flaviviridae family like dengue, yellow fever and West Nile viruses. It was first noticed in 1947, since then, it has been observed on and off in different countries at different intervals.

It is very clear that Zika virus infection is in progress to become pandemic from epidemic and hence, it is a matter of concern. But scientist-physicians like us should not be worried because such infections are bound to occur at any time Zika virus infection is just like any other viral infection which is not going to get eliminated very soon, even after, implementing great vector control programs.

The only way to curb this spread is by trying to address this issue by broadening the scope of Research and developing a vaccine urgently. At this point of time, we can only try to reduce the further spread of Zika virus infection by increasing the evident based surveillance, finding out risk factors associated with it and reducing the vector density by prevention and control measures until a vaccine is developed.

Keywords: Zika Virus; Epidemic; Pandemic; Management; ZikV; ZIka Virus Transmission; Epidemiology; Pathogenesis; Prevention

JEL Classification: I1

Suggested Citation

Mehta, Varshil and Akbar, Anum, Zika Virus: Time to Be Concerned But Not Worried. Jacobs Journal of Community Medicine. 2016, 2(2): 022, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2745893

Varshil Mehta (Contact Author)

MGM Medical College ( email )

Sector 1, Kamothe
Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
India

Anum Akbar

Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre ( email )

Karachi
Pakistan

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