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Zika Virus Focus Page


This 'focus' page has been developed to provide NT Health staff with quick access to up-to-date, reliable information relating to Zika Virus.

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WHO Zika Virus Q&A

Zika - Perspective

The Zika Challenge

New England Journal of Medicine article discussing the way forward for future prevention and control.

What is the Zika Virus?

Zika Quick Facts
  • Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
  • People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache. These symptoms normally last for 2-7 days.
  • There is no specific treatment or vaccine currently available.
  • The best form of prevention is protection against mosquito bites.
  • The virus is known to circulate in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific.

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Epidemiology, Diagnosis & Treatment  

Epidemiology - Geographic distribution & Transmission

Differential Diagnosis and Diagnosis for non-pregnant, pregnant, pre-natal and post-natal infant patients

Treatment overview and recommendations for pregnant women and infants

Preparedness & Control

WHO's Global Emergency Response Plan

Zika Virus Australian notifications - Australian Government Department of Health

Prevention - UpToDate topic


Zika Virus Outbreaks - All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission

(Source: Centers for Disease Control)

All Countries and Territories with Active Zika Virus Transmission

Transport safety & travel

Australian Travel Advice: Zika Virus

CDC - Zika Travel Information

Australian Guidelines

Department of Health - information for clinicians and public health practitioners

Reporting and Public Health Management

CDC Interim Guidelines - Sexual Transmission, Obstetrics and Paediatrics

 NT Case Report


Grace HY Leung (1), Robert W Baird (1), Julian Druce (2) and Nicholas M Anstey (1,3)

(1) RDH, Darwin; (2) Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory; (3) Menzies School of Health Research and CDU Darwin

A traveller returning to Australia developed Zika virus infection after a monkey bite in Bali, Indonesia. Although mosquito-borne transmission is also possible, we propose the bite as a plausible route of transmission. The literature for non-vector transmissions of Zika virus and other flaviviruses is reviewed.



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