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Infectious Diseases of Poverty

, 6:37

First Online: 31 January 2017Received: 16 March 2016Accepted: 27 December 2016DOI: 10.1186-s40249-016-0234-6

Cite this article as: Doss, C.G.P., Siva, R., Christopher, B.P. et al. Infect Dis Poverty 2017 6: 37. doi:10.1186-s40249-016-0234-6


Zika virus, which originated from a forest in Uganda, has affected countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Most people infected with Zika are asymptomatic and present with clinical manifestations ranging from mild fever to severe neurological disorders. Recent outbreaks in Southeast Asian countries, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned pregnant woman to avoid nonessential traveling to 11 Asian countries. Reports about the sexual transmission route of Zika have pushed the World Health Organization to declare it a ‘public health emergency’. Having this current warning status, it has become mandatory to consider where second highly populated country India stands in terms of spreading awareness and taking precautionary measures against the Zika virus infection. Therefore, this paper aims to highlight the importance of Zika in Indian population by considering several indicators such as the population size and ratio, rates of mortality, closely related diseases, government initiatives, and other micro-level factors which are prone to Zika effects.

KeywordsZika virus Preventive measures India AbbreviationsAYUSHDepartment of Ayurveda, Yoga, and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy

CDCCenter for Disease Control and Prevention

CHIKVChikungunya virus

DENVDengue virus

DGHSDirectorate General of Health Services

DGHSDirector General of Health Services

IDSPIntegrated disease surveillance programme

NIVNational Institute of Virology

NVBDCPNational Vector Borne Disease Control Programme

RRTsRapid response teams

WHOWorld Health Organization

ZIKVZika virus

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Autor: C. George Priya Doss - R. Siva - B. Prabhu Christopher - Chiranjib Chakraborty - Hailong Zhu

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