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Title: Commentary on Zika: an ongoing threat to women and infants
Authors: Villela, Daniel Antunes Maciel
Affilliation: Fundação Oswaldo Cruz. Presidência. Programa de Computação Científica. Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brasil.
Abstract: The article Zika: An Ongoing Threat to Women and Infants discusses the number of Zika cases in the population of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after the epidemic period of 2015/2016. After a Zika outbreak occurred in 2015/2016, the article shows that the total number of Zika cases by the end of 2016 and early 2017 was much lower compared to the total from the previous year. By contrast, the article also shows an investigation of the number of cases in women and infants and reveals an incidence in these groups higher than those for men, even if not sufficient to start another outbreak. Since Zika infection in mothers during pregnancy is linked to Zika congenital syndrome in newborns, even a small number of cases with potentially long-term consequences are still alarming. Hence, disparity about the infection in separate groups of the population should signal that attention is deserved to infants and women. The analytical approach of the article is definitely interesting to enforce this argument, but results also carry some degree of uncertainty.
Keywords: Zika virus
Keywords in spanish: Virus Zika
keywords: Vírus Zika
DeCS: Zika virus
Issue Date: 2018
Publisher: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
Citation: VILLELA, Daniel Antunes Maciel. Commentary on zika: an ongoing threat to women and infants. Cadernos de Saúde Pública, v. 34, n. 11, p. 1-2, 2018.
DOI: 10.1590/0102-311X00183018
ISSN: 1678-4464
Copyright: open access
Appears in Collections:Presidência Fiocruz – Artigos de Periódicos

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