Zika Virus Disease: Updated guide for pharmacists and their patients

Added May 11, 2017

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Pharmacists are well placed, as  first point of contact within clinical practice, to provide information and direct patients to reliable evidence sources relative to the Zika virus disease; therefore education sessions to update them accordingly on the ever-changing information on the Zika disease is fundamental.

Zika virus disease is primarily transmitted through a bite from the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, and various outbreaks have been reported across the Pacific Islands, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Additionally, the zika virus disease may be transmitted sexually, although it is unclear on how long the virus stays active within the semen. The aim of the education session was to update healthcare providers, primarily pharmacists, about the ever changing information about the zika outbreak. Such information included symptoms, complications and prevention, as well as what pharmacists should tell patients about the Zika Virus Disease.