Blood Transfusion - 2 2016 (March - April)

Blood safety and zoonotic emerging pathogens: now it's the turn of Zika virus!
 
Authors:  Massimo Franchini, Claudio Velati
Pages:  93-94
To cite this article:  Blood Transfus 2016; 14: 93-4
Doi:  10.2450/2015.0187-15
Published online:  05/11/2015

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Zika virus is a flavivirus of the family Flaviviridae, which derives its name from the Zika forest in Uganda where it was initially identified in 1947 in the Rhesus macaque population1,2. Like other viruses transmitted by arthropod vectors (e.g., West Nile, Dengue and Chikungunya viruses), in the great majority of cases Zika virus infection causes an asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic flu-like disease3-5. There are essentially two reasons for the growing interest from health authorities and the scientific community towards this emerging viral infection. [...]
  
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