Zika: Clinical Aspects
Most people infected with Zika virus are asymptomatic. Characteristic clinical findings are:
- acute onset of fever with maculopapular rash, arthralgia, or conjunctivitis
- myalgia and headache are commonly reported
- clinical illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting for several days to a week
Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon and case fatality is low. However, there have been cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome reported in patients following suspected Zika virus infection.
Microcephaly & Zika
In a recent article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC confirmed that Zika is a cause of microcephaly and other birth defects.
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