The Emerging Zika Virus Threat: A Guide for Dermatologists

Alice He, Patrícia Brasil, Andre M. Siqueira, Guilherme A. Calvet, Shawn G. Kwatra

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We provide a guide for dermatologists to follow if they encounter patients with a rash and clinical history suspicious of Zika virus infection, including diagnostic testing and management options. We also provide an illustrative case report of a patient from Brazil who was diagnosed with Zika virus infection after presenting with a generalized pruritic rash. One of the most prominent symptoms of Zika virus infection is a cutaneous eruption. As such, it is especially necessary for dermatologists to understand this virus so that they may appropriately recognize this entity as a diagnostic consideration in the clinic. The rash associated with Zika virus infection is most commonly an erythematous maculopapular eruption that presents after an initial 3–4 days of fever, headache, and arthralgia or myalgia. The rash typically lasts for an average of 6 days, and can spread to involve any part of the body, including the face, torso, extremities, palms, and soles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-236
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Clinical Dermatology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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