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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 23/30, 2014

Zika Virus Strikes French Polynesia

JAMA. 2014;312(4):329. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8585

Investigations spanning the archipelagoes of French Polynesia in late 2013 documented the largest outbreak of Zika virus, public health researchers have reported.

Isolated in 1947 from a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest of Uganda, the mosquito-borne flavivirus causes a mild, self-limiting illness. Health experts had thought Zika virus caused only sporadic human infections in Africa and Asia, but in 2007, the first infections outside of those 2 continents were reported in patients on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia, who were diagnosed incorrectly with dengue virus infection.

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