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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 63

Prevention for zika virus infection


1 TWS Medical Center, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Department of Tropcial Medicine, Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

Date of Submission16-Aug-2017
Date of Acceptance14-Oct-2017
Date of Web Publication17-May-2019

Correspondence Address:
Pathum Sookaromdee
TWS Medical Center, Bangkok
Thailand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_354_17

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Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Prevention for zika virus infection. Int J Prev Med 2019;10:63

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Sookaromdee P, Wiwanitkit V. Prevention for zika virus infection. Int J Prev Med [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Oct 20];10:63. Available from: http://www.ijpvmjournal.net/text.asp?2019/10/1/63/258468



Dear Editor,

The publication on prevention of Zika virus (ZIKV) disease is very interesting.[1] Passi et al. noted that “Basic preventive measures for infection primarily revolve around traditional methods of checking mosquito populations, reducing breeding sites, and avoiding mosquito bites.[1]” The above-mentioned preventive measure is important. Nevertheless, the extension of the prevention to cover other possible modes of ZIKV transmission is needed. At least, safe sex and use of contraception are generally recommended during the highly epidemic situation.[2] Family planning is recommended for any women in the endemic area during the outbreak period.[2] There are possible rare modes of transmission which has informed the need to screen donated blood [3] and organs [4] for Zika contamination. In addition, since the ZIKV infection is usually asymptomatic [5] and can have atypical manifestation,[6] continuously updating information on disease surveillance and control will be needed. At present, there is increasing data suggesting that ZIKV might be transmitted as a zoonosis. Several reports indicating the finding of the virus in pet animal including dogs [7] and this might be a new problem to be closely monitored.

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Passi D, Sharma S, Dutta SR, Ahmed M. Zika virus diseases - The new face of an ancient enemy as global public health emergency (2016): Brief review and recent updates. Int J Prev Med 2017;8:6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Ali M, Miller K, Gómez Ponce de Leon RF. Family planning and Zika virus: Need for renewed and cohesive efforts to ensure availability of intrauterine contraception in Latin America and the Caribbean. Eur J Contracept Reprod Health Care 2017;22:102-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Levi ME. Zika virus: A cause of concern in transplantation? Curr Opin Infect Dis 2017;30:340-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Jimenez A, Shaz BH, Kessler D, Bloch EM. How do we manage blood donors and recipients after a positive Zika screening result? Transfusion 2017;57:2077-83.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Afebrile, asymptomatic and non-thrombocytopenic Zika virus infection: Don't miss it! Asian Pac J Trop Med 2016;9:513.  Back to cited text no. 5
    
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Joob B, Yasser F. Phenotypic spectrum of congenital Zika syndrome: A comment on the usefulness of case report. Case Study Case Rep 2017;7:29-30.  Back to cited text no. 6
    
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Joob B, Wiwanitkit V. Immunological reactive rate to Zika virus in canine sera: A report from a tropical area and concern on pet, zoonosis and reservoir host. Asian Pac J Trop Med 2017;10:208-9.  Back to cited text no. 7
    




 

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