Zika: an ongoing threat to women and infants

Zika: uma ameaça permanente para mulheres e crianças

Zika: una amenaza permanente para mujeres y niños

Beatriz Macedo Coimbra dos Santos Flavio Codeço Coelho Margaret Armstrong Valeria Saraceni Cristina Lemos About the authors

Recent data from the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, shows a sharp drop in the number of reported occurrences of Zika during the summer of 2016/2017, compared to the previous summer. There is still a much higher incidence among women than men, almost certainly due to sexual transmission. An unexpected feature of the new data is that there are proportionally far more cases affecting children under 15 months than older age classes. By comparing incidence rates in 2016/2017 and 2015/2016, we were able to deduce the proportion of reported cases affecting men and women, and verify that gender disparity is still present. Women and children are still risk groups for Zika infection, even during non-epidemic seasons.

Keywords:
Zika Virus; Women; Child; Incidence


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