The complications Zika Virus disease

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Key facts

  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease can have symptoms including mild fever, skin rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Links to other neurological complications are also being investigated.


Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus that was first identified in Uganda in 1947 in monkeys through a network that monitored yellow fever. It was later identified in humans in 1952 in Uganda and the United Republic of Tanzania. Outbreaks of Zika virus disease have been recorded in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific. From the 1960s to 1980s, human infections were found across Africa and Asia, typically accompanied by mild illness. The first large outbreak of disease caused by Zika infection was reported from the Island of Yap (Federated States of Micronesia) in 2007. In July 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barré syndrome. In October 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly.

Course Features

  • Lectures 22
  • Quizzes 1
  • Duration 2 hours
  • Skill level All level
  • Language English
  • Certificate No
  • Assessments Self
  • Zika Virus Infection

    • Lecture 1.1 Purpose/Goals Locked 30m
    • Lecture 1.2 Objectives Locked 30m
    • Lecture 1.3 Introduction Locked 10m
    • Lecture 1.4 Virology Locked 5m
    • Lecture 1.5 Pathogenesis Locked 2m
    • Lecture 1.6 Epidemiology Locked 10m
    • Lecture 1.7 Transmission Locked 10m
    • Lecture 1.8 Complications Locked 10m
  • Clinical Assessment and Management

    • Lecture 2.1 Clinical Assessment and Management Locked 30m
    • Lecture 2.2 Differential Diagnosis Locked 5m
    • Lecture 2.3 Laboratory/Diagnostic Tests Locked 2m
    • Lecture 2.4 Reverse-Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) Locked 3m
    • Lecture 2.5 Plaque-Reduction Neutralization Testing (PRNT) Locked 4m
    • Lecture 2.6 Pregnant Women Locked 10m
    • Lecture 2.7 Fetuses and Infants Locked 30m
    • Lecture 2.8 Special Circumstances: Evaluation Locked 10m
  • Zika Virus Infection

    • Lecture 3.1 Prognosis Locked 10m
    • Lecture 3.2 Prevention Locked 10m
    • Lecture 3.3 Travel Advisory Locked 30m
    • Lecture 3.4 International Responses Locked 30m
    • Lecture 3.5 Summary Locked 10m
    • Lecture 3.6 Resources Locked 30m
  • Quiz

    • Quiz 4.1 Zika Virus Infection Locked40 questions


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