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Risk prevention key in tackling Zika virus

Professor Viroj Wiwanitkit writes to Nursing Older People

Mosquito-borne infection, especially Zika virus, is a major public health concern. Infection usually occurs in young adults and asymptomatic infection is more common in older people (Wiwanitkit and Wiwanitkit 2016). Possible natural immunity in older people has to be studied further.

In nursing, reducing infection risk is the rule. However, this can be difficult for mosquito-borne infections, particularly as there is still no vaccine or chemoprophylaxis for Zika virus. Risk prevention and reduction for nurses in practice are important issues (Wiwanitkit 2016).

Viroj Wiwanitkit is a professor and senior expert at Surindra Rajabhat University, Thailand References Wiwanitkit V (2016) Zika virus infection and surgery: what should we be concerned about? Surgical Infections. doi:10.1089/sur.2016.060. Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V (2016) Afebrile, asymptomatic and non-thrombocytopenic Zika virus infection: don't miss it! Asian Pacific Journal of Tropical Medicine. 9, 5, 513.

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