014-Zika Virus

Course # DL-014 - Zika Virus

by Helen Sowers, MA, CLS Dept. of Biological Science (Retired) California State University East Bay

Approved for 1.0 CE
Level of Difficulty: Basic

Introduction:

The spread of Zika virus illness is of particular concern because of the complication of microcephaly in fetuses of infected mothers. In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes, and of occasional Guillain-Barré syndrome in adults. Currently outbreaks are occurring in many countries, particularly in northern South America, islands in the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico. Zika virus will continue to spread and it will be difficult to determine how it will spread over time.

 

Objectives:

At the end of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Outline the history of Zika virus and illness
  2. Explain the virology and pathogenesis of Zika virus
  3. State the dynamics of transmission
  4. Discuss the clinical manifestations/diagnosis
  5. Summarize the laboratory diagnosis of Zika virus disease
  6. Discuss the treatment of Zika virus disease
  7. Outline the methods of prevention
  8. State the geographic distribution
  9. List the complications in infants/adults

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