How is the rash in 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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The rash in Zika virus infection is usually a fine maculopapular rash that is diffusely distributed. It can involve the face, trunk, and extremities, including palms and soles. Occasionally, the rash may be pruritic. The rash, along with other symptoms, usually occurs within 2 weeks after travel to a Zika virus–affected area. Zika virus rash usually occurs within the first week of illness, with the illness itself lasting from several days to weeks. See the images below.

Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Court Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Courtesy of Carolina O Barbosa, MD, and Antonio C Bandeira, MD, Salvador, Brazil.
Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Court Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Courtesy of Carolina O Barbosa, MD, and Antonio C Bandeira, MD, Salvador, Brazil.
Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Court Rash in a patient with Zika virus infection. Courtesy of Carolina O Barbosa, MD, and Antonio C Bandeira, MD, Salvador, Brazil.

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