Zika Virus Infection in Australia following a Monkey Bite in Indonesia

Grace Leung, Robert Baird, J Druce, Nicholas Anstey

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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 isalso 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
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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