How concerned should American clinicians be about Zika virus?
The Zika virus has been making a great many headlines recently. This flavivirus, transmitted primarily by Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes, has cut a broad swath through Brazil, Mexico, and the Caribbean in the past year, as well as parts of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. More recently, isolated cases have been noted in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, and the World Health Organization (WHO) has reported cases in Guyana, Barbados, and Ecuador. This is a transmission electron micrograph (TEM) of Zika virus, which is a member of the family Flaviviridae. Virus particles are 40 nm in diameter, with an outer […]