Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 432--433

Emerging Zika virus infection: Occurrence of the first clinical presentation in airplane


Somsri Wiwanikit1, Viroj Wiwanikit2,  
1 Wiwanitkit House, Bangkhae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Haikou, China

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




How to cite this article:
Wiwanikit S, Wiwanikit V. Emerging Zika virus infection: Occurrence of the first clinical presentation in airplane.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:432-433


How to cite this URL:
Wiwanikit S, Wiwanikit V. Emerging Zika virus infection: Occurrence of the first clinical presentation in airplane. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jul 7 ];9:432-433
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Dear Sir,

Zika virus infection is a new problem in the present day.[1],[2] Worldwide, this disease has already spread from its first observation in Africa. The traveling is believed to be an important factor to cause disease in the new settings. The disease can be seen in many travelers. Some are returning travelers from visiting to endemic area who have clinical problem when return to hometown while the others are the infected cases from endemic area who have illness during traveling aboard away from their hometown. However, it can also be another type of patient whose first clinical problem occurs on the way of his/her travel. The good example is the recent report on Canadian traveler who had the first clinical problem in airplane.[3] The illness of any infections, especially for the emerging infectious diseases, is an important issue to be discussed. In the present day, there are usually limited preventive and corrective action guidelines for managing such cases on the airplane. In addition, there are also limited means for disease control aiming cutting of further transmission to other travelers on the same vehicle.

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References

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3Fonseca K, Meatherall B, Zarra D, Drebot M, MacDonald J, Pabbaraju K, et al. First case of Zika virus infection in a returning Canadian traveler. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2014;91:1035-8.