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Zika Virus in the Americas - Yet Another Arbovirus Threat

OPEN The New England journal of medicine | 14 Jan 2016

AS Fauci and DM Morens
Abstract
The explosive pandemic of Zika virus infection occurring throughout South America, Central America, and the Caribbean (see map) and potentially threatening the United States is the most recent of four unexpected arrivals of important arthropod-borne viral diseases in the Western Hemisphere over the past 20 years. It follows dengue, which entered this hemisphere stealthily over decades and then more aggressively in the 1990s; West Nile virus, which emerged in 1999; and chikungunya, which emerged in 2013. Are the successive migrations of these viruses unrelated, or do they reflect important new patterns of disease emergence? Furthermore, are there secondary health consequences . . .
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Central America, Latin America, South America, North America, United States, Indigenous peoples of the Americas, Americas, Caribbean
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