Zika virus: emergency and aftercare of patients
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Zika virus: emergency and aftercare of patients

Constance Visovsky Associate dean for faculty and global affairs, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, Florida, US
Stephen McGhee Director of global affairs, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, Florida, US
John M Clochesy Senior assistant dean for Phd programme, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, Florida, US
Cheryl Zambroski Director of undergraduate student success, University of South Florida College of Nursing, Tampa, Florida, US

Zika virus, a mosquito-borne vector, is an emerging population health threat, and is linked to fetal microcephaly, pregnancy loss and neurologic symptoms like Guillain-Barré syndrome. Global travel and migration increase the risk of transmission significantly, and growing numbers of cases are expected internationally. This article describes transmission of the virus, early and late clinical manifestations, and emergency and supportive care. It also recommends interventions for prevention.

Emergency Nurse. 24, 4, 20-23. doi: 10.7748/en.2016.e1591

Correspondence

stephenmcghee@health.usf.edu

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared.

Received: 28 April 2016

Accepted: 25 May 2016