How is the typical course of Zika virus infection characterized?

Updated: Dec 11, 2018
  • Author: Bhagyashri D Navalkele, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most cases of Zika virus infection are mild and self-limited. Owing to the mild nature of the disease, more than 80% of Zika virus infection cases likely go unnoticed. [2] However, serious complications have been reported in rare cases, including Guillain-Barré syndrome. [2, 9] In addition, great concern is emerging over congenital malformations due to transplacental transmission of Zika virus, including microcephaly and various ophthalmologic abnormalities. [11, 12]

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