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).