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


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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