Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

School of Chinese Medicine

Language

English

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Zika virus, Preventive measures, India

Publication Date

1-2017

Source Publication Title

Infectious Diseases of Poverty

Volume

6

Start Page

37

Publisher

BioMed Central

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.

Funder

This work was supported by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong (Nos: 212111 and 212613) and the Faculty Research Grant of Hong Kong Baptist University (Nos: FRG/14-15/063 and FRG2/13-14/056).

DOI

10.1186/s40249-016-0234-6

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40249-016-0234-6

ISSN (electronic)

20499957

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