Zika virus: a previously slow pandemic spreads rapidly through the Americas

Gatherer, D. and Kohl, A. (2016) Zika virus: a previously slow pandemic spreads rapidly through the Americas. Journal of General Virology, 97, pp. 269-273. (doi: 10.1099/jgv.0.000381) (PMID:26684466)

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Zika virus (Flaviviridae) is an emerging arbovirus. Spread by Aedes mosquitoes, it was first discovered in Uganda in 1947, and later in humans elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, arriving in south-east Asia at latest by mid-20th-century. In the 21st century, it spread across the Pacific Islands reaching South America around 2014. Since then it has spread rapidly northwards reaching Mexico in November 2015. Its clinical profile is that of a dengue-like febrile illness, but recently associations with Guillain-Barré syndrome and microcephaly have appeared. The final geographical range and ultimate clinical impact of Zika virus are still a matter for speculation.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Gatherer, Dr Derek and Kohl, Professor Alain
Authors: Gatherer, D., and Kohl, A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Journal of General Virology
Publisher:Society for General Microbiology
ISSN (Online):1465-2099
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of General Virology
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
656551Arbovirus interactions with arthropod hostsAlain KohlMedical Research Council (MRC)MC_UU_12014/8MVLS III - CENTRE FOR VIRUS RESEARCH