Zika Virus and Vector Transportation: A Forgotten Issue in Travel Medicine

Author

1 Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Thailand

2 Hainan Medical University, China

3 Faculty of Medicine, University of Nis, Serbia

4 Joseph Ayobabalola University, Nigeria

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The new emerging disease is usually a big problem in medicine. At present, the Zika virus infection is the global public health problem attacking more than 50 countries around the world. This disease can cause dengue, such as clinical problems but also induce the neurological abnormality and congenital syndrome in some infected cases. The infection already occurs worldwide and travelling is mentioned for the relationship to the widespread of the disease. The human travel is mainly considered as the relationship to the disease migration from an endemic setting to new setting causing emerging infectious disease outbreak. Nevertheless, a forgotten issue is the travel of the vector of the disease. In this short editorial, the specific issue on vector importation and relationship to the disease migration and new occurrence in new setting is discussed. In fact, although there are many methods for controlling disease migration, most usually focus on migration of human hosts but very few methods are applied for the vector control. Despite there are some attempts to control vector transportation, the occurrence of vectors in transportation vehicles is still observable. Due to the high volume of international transportation these days, the migration of disease due to the vector transportation can be expected. This is a really interesting forgotten issue in travel medicine... (Read more...)

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