Zika virus disease: a public health emergency of international concern

May 5, 2016

Source: British Journal of Nursing, 2016, 25 (4), pp. 198 – 202

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Date of publication: February 2016

Publication Type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: The emergence of Zika virus disease (ZIKV) in the Americas, mainly Brazil, has required the World Health Organization to take action to halt the spread of the virus by implementing preventive measures. This has resulted in increased surveillance of the virus and its potential complications. In the UK, cases of ZIKV have been reported in returning travellers. With the importance of this disease increasing, it is vital that nurses and other health professionals take the time to learn about ZIKV in order to pass on this knowledge to patients, enabling them to make informed choices about travel to affected areas. This article will discuss the ZIKV, its complications and what to advise travellers, including pregnant women, to prevent transmission and spread.

Length of publication: 4 page article