Twenty-four cases of imported zika virus infections diagnosed by molecular methods

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2016 Oct;86(2):160-2. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2016.07.016. Epub 2016 Jul 18.


Zika virus is an emerging flavivirus widely spreading through Latin America. Molecular diagnosis of the infection can be performed using serum, urine and saliva samples, although a well-defined diagnostic algorithm is not yet established. We describe a series of 24 cases of imported zika virus infection into Catalonia (northeastern Spain). Based on our findings, testing of paired serum and urine samples is recommended.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques*
  • Serum / virology
  • Spain
  • Travel*
  • Urine / virology
  • Young Adult
  • Zika Virus Infection / diagnosis*