Short-term economic impact of the Zika virus outbreak

New Microbiol. 2016 Oct;39(4):287-289.


Zika virus (ZIKV) is mainly transmitted by mosquitoes bites. However, transmission by sexual contacts has been reported in 11 non endemic countries. The rapid spread of ZIKV in Latin American and Caribbean Countries (LCR), person-to-person transmission and perceived risk on people's well being can affect the emerging economies of LCR which historically dependent on truism. Here we present an analysis on economic outputs for assessing the current impact of ZIKV on markets. Our analysis show an unexpected resilience of LCR markets to international alerts. This positive response represents an opportunity to scale-up interventions for preventing the further spreading of the ZIKV epidemic.

Keywords: Behavioral; Disease Outbreaks; Economics; Latin America; Zika Virus Infection.

MeSH terms

  • Disease Outbreaks / economics*
  • Humans
  • Latin America / epidemiology
  • Mexico
  • Time Factors
  • West Indies / epidemiology
  • Zika Virus Infection / economics*
  • Zika Virus Infection / epidemiology*
  • Zika Virus*