Zika virus infection in Australia following a monkey bite in Indonesia

Grace H.Y. Leung, Robert W. Baird, Julian Druce, Nicholas M. Anstey

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Abstract

A traveller returning to Australia developed Zika virus infection, with fever, rash and conjunctivitis, with onset five days after a monkey bite in Bali, Indonesia. Flavivirus RNA detected on PCR from a nasopharyngeal swab was sequenced and identified as Zika virus. Although mosquito-borne transmission is also possible, we propose the bite as a plausible route of transmission. The literature for non-vector transmissions of Zika virus and other flaviviruses is reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-464
Number of pages5
JournalSOUTHEAST ASIAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH
Volume46
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2015
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Monkey bite
  • Traveller
  • Zika virus

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