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Braz Oral Res. 2016;30. pii: S1806-83242016000100801. doi: 10.1590/1807-3107BOR-2016.vol30.0046. Epub 2016 Mar 15.

Zika virus infection spread through saliva--a truth or myth?

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1
Department of Dentistry and Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada.
2
Department of Oral Pathology, School of Dentistry, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
3
Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Orthodontics and Public Health, Bauru Dental School, Universidade de São Paulo, Bauru, SP, Brazil.

Abstract

In this Point-of-view article we highlighted some features related to saliva and virus infection, in special for zika virus. In addition, we pointed out the potential oral problems caused by a microcephaly originated by a zika virus infection. In the end the, we demonstrated the importance of a more comprehensive exploration of saliva and their components as a fluid for diagnostic and therapeutic approaches on oral and systemic diseases.

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