Zika Virus: Clinical Evaluation and Disease
This web page informs health care providers about the clinical evaluation of Zika virus. It discusses its primary transmission to humans through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, and outlines other reported modes of transmission. It describes the characteristic clinical signs and symptoms of Zika virus, possible complications and associations, and identifies Zika virus infection during pregnancy as a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Guidance for preliminary and laboratory diagnosis is provided, with clarification that as an arboviral disease, Zika virus disease is a nationally notifiable condition. Supportive treatment, evaluation and management guidance, drugs to avoid, and links for more information are provided.
The English language resource was created or reviewed by a medical professional for quality and accuracy.