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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 438
Imported case of Zika virus: Lessons learnt from Taiwan case

1 Wiwanitkit House, Bang Khae, Bangkok, Thailand
2 Hainan Medical University, Hainan, China

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Date of Web Publication14-Nov-2016

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Imported case of Zika virus: Lessons learnt from Taiwan case. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2016;9:438

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Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Imported case of Zika virus: Lessons learnt from Taiwan case. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2016 [cited 2021 Jan 26];9:438. Available from:
Dear Sir,

Zika virus infection is an emerging public health problem. At present, it can be seen in several countries around the world.[1] The great concern is on the new emerging of Zika virus infection in a new setting. In Taiwan, the recent new emerging of imported Zika virus infection case from Thailand is of concern. The great concern is on how to early detect the problem at immigration point to stop the entering of disease. In fact, the Zika virus is a dengue-like illness, the use of thermoscan for screening at the airport might be useful. However, there are many concerns. The limitation of this scanning technique can be seen in the previous situation of atypical flu outbreaks. In addition, the Zika virus infection can also be asymptomatic an afebrile.[2],[3] In the indexed case, the Thai patient had the overt clinical problem and diagnosed in Taiwan. Finally, since the disease is a mosquito-borne infection, importing of the vector from endemic area is a big concern. Indeed, the existence of mosquito in an airplane is possible and can be the origin of emerging infection in the new setting.

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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.193974

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