A new threat to India- Zika! An obstetrician's perspective


  • Renuka Malik Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, PGIMER and DR RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Nidhi Garg Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, PGIMER and DR RML Hospital, New Delhi, India
  • Kaveri Khera Microbiologist, Santa Barbara, California, USA




Aedes aegypti, Fever, Microcephly, Rash, Zika


Since last 2 years, ever since the Zika outbreak in Brazil, there has been a great interest in this infection caused by Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus, though this RNA Flavirus has been in existence since 1947. A large number of children born with microcephly during the outbreak in Brazil attributed to Zika was alarming. Though Brazil in May, 1917 has declared an end to Zika emergency, this virus continues to be detected in parts of America ca and south East Asia, including Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia and Myanmar. WHO declared Zika as Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1st February, 2016. Though at present only 4 confirmed cases have been reported in India, Zika is a notifiable disease along with chicken guinea and dengue. A state of awareness and preparedness is required, among treating physicians, obstetricians and pediatricians for this disease. This article deals with history, presentation, diagnosis, pitfalls, management and preventive aspect of Zika in pregnancy.



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