Published: 29 May 2017
Author(s): Dhrubajyoti Bandyopadhyay, Adrija Hajra
Issue: May 2017
Section: Letter to the Editor

Zika virus (ZIKV) infection is a great matter of concern globally. Though asymptomatic in the majority of cases, the effect of this virus on fetal growth has drawn attention. ZIKV is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus. [Fig. 1] It is from the family Flaviviridae. ZIKV is composed of 2 noncoding regions (5′ and 3′) of an open reading frame. This frame encodes a polyprotein which cleaves into the capsid, precursor of the membrane, envelope, as well as seven non-structural proteins [1].The neurotrophic effect of this virus has already been suggested.

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