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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 415
Zika virus infection among travelers departing from Thailand

Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia; Hainan Medical University, Haikou, Hainan, China; Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji-Arakeji, Osun State, Nigeria; Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical University, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Date of Web Publication14-Nov-2016

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Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection among travelers departing from Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:415

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Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection among travelers departing from Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jun 4];9:415. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Zika virus is an important emerging infection that is widely discussed at present. It is a dengue-like illness with reported on the induction of congenital neurological defect.[1],[2] The endemic area of this infection includes tropical America, Africa, Asia, and Pacific. An important concern is on the transmission of the disease to the new setting due to traveling. Here, the author summarizes the available data on Zika virus infection among travelers departing from Thailand, a tropical country in Southeast Asia. According to the literature search, there are at least three case reports on Zika virus infection among travelers returning from their trip to Thailand to their hometowns (including Canada, Japan, and Europe).[3],[4],[5] In addition, there is also a report on the case of a Thai traveler who delivered the infection to Taiwan ( Based on these data, it can be seen that Zika virus infection is a big concern among any traveler departing from an endemic area. The problematic case can be either traveler residing in the endemic area traveling to the new setting or traveler returning from the trip to the endemic area.

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.193950

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