Aditya Sharma1*, Sheikh Uzma Farooq2 and Varun Khajuria3
1Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, KCVAS Amritsar, India
2Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology, KCVAS Amritsar, India
3Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Parasitology, KCVAS Amritsar, India
*Corresponding Author: Aditya Sharma, Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Pathology, KCVAS Amritsar, India..
Received: October 26, 2022; Published: October 31, 2022
Zika virus was first isolated from African zika forest from monkey. It belongs to genus flavivirus. It is a vector borne disease mainly spread by aedes mosquitoes. Previously, it had sporadic outbreaks but due to its spread to new geographical areas, urbanization, it is now an emerging infectious epidemic disease. It is characterized by influenza-like illness but severe manifestations like microcephaly in babies born to infected mothers have been reported. It has horizontal as well as vertical transmission. Reports of virus spread through blood transfusion, asymptomatic sexual partners and intra uterine transmission have been reported. No treatment or a vaccine is have been found for Zika virus. Hence primarily focus is on preventing infection particularly in vulnerable pregnant women.
Keywords: Zika virus; Monkey; Aedes Mosquito; Microcephaly; Epidemic; Urbinization
Citation: Aditya Sharma., et al. “Zika virus: A Public Health Emergency?".Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.11 (2022): 187-188.
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