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Euro Surveill. 2016;21(2). doi: 10.2807/1560-7917.ES.2016.21.2.30107.

Zika virus infection in a traveller returning from the Maldives, June 2015.

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  • 1Department of Virology, Medicum, Faculty of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland.

Abstract

We report a Zika virus (ZIKV) infection in a patient with fever and rash after returning to Finland from Maldives, June 2015. The patient had dengue virus (DENV) IgG and IgM antibodies but pan-flavivirus RT-PCR and subsequent sequencing showed presence of ZIKV RNA in urine. Recent association of ZIKV with microcephaly highlights the need for laboratory differentiation of ZIKV from DENV infection and the circulation of ZIKV in areas outside its currently known distribution range.

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Zika virus; emerging infectious diseases; flavivirus; mosquito-borne; traveller

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