Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 362-

Zika virus infection: No anemia


Somsri Wiwanitkit1, Viroj Wiwanitkit2,  
1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Nis, Serbia

Correspondence Address:
Somsri Wiwanitkit
Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand.




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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection: No anemia.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:362-362


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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Zika virus infection: No anemia. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 Aug 25 ];9:362-362
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Dear Sir,

Emerging Zika virus infection is an important medical problem. The disease manifests as dengue-like infection and is difficult to diagnose. [1],[2],[3] The interesting concern on Zika virus infection is its effect on red blood cells. Several emerging infections have important findings on relationship with anemia. [4],[5] Those findings imply the possible pathomechanism of viral infection that affects red blood cells. Here, the authors analyzed the data on 7 Thai cases, [6] and it is found that there is no anemic presentation. Based on this finding, Zika virus should not induce any anemia.

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