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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 249-255

A pandemic in disguise: Zika virus vaccine development and counteractive measures analysis

1 Certified Nurse, Frisco, Texas, USA
2 Department of Medical Education and Postgraduate Studies, Saudi Commission for Health Specialties, Saudi Arabia

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DOI: 10.4103/2468-6360.191905

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In recent times, Zika virus has engendered concerns throughout the world, prompting the World Health Organization to promote the virus to epidemic status. This dramatic rise to prominence demands comprehensive research oriented towards effectively controlling the spread of this virulent disease. Despite the influx of information afforded by modern technology regarding the virus, there are yet to be licensed medical countermeasures (vaccines, therapies or preventive drugs) available for Zika virus infection and disease. Thus, diverting sizable funds towards prospective Zika virus vaccine candidates as well as appropriately educating the modern healthcare worker regarding the epidemiology of Zika virus is becoming increasingly imperative. Fortunately, a multitude of researchers are working towards instituting pragmatic measures directed towards limiting Zika virus's spread in an interconnected global climate.

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