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Emerg Infect Dis. 2019 May;25(5):951-954. doi: 10.3201/eid2505.180904.

Zika Virus in Rectal Swab Samples.


We detected Zika virus RNA in rectal swab samples from 10 patients by using real-time reverse transcription PCR, and we isolated the virus from 1 patient. The longest interval from symptom onset to detection was 14 days. These findings are applicable to diagnosis and infection prevention recommendations.


Brazil; Zika virus; infection; rectal swab; sexual transmission; virus persistence; viruses

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