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Brief report on mucocutaneous findings, course in adult with Zika virus infection

The JAMA Network Journals

What are the mucocutaneous (skin and mucous membrane) features of a 44-year-old man who returned from a six-day vacation to Puerto Rico with confirmatory testing for Zika virus?

Amit Garg, M.D., of the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine, New Hyde Park, N.Y., and coauthors describe the observations in an article published online by JAMA Dermatology.

The man had a diffuse papular (bumpy) descending eruption (rash), petechiae (spots) on his palate and hyperemic sclerae (bloodshot eyes).

The authors suggest an awareness of mucocutaneous findings associated with Zika virus infection can aid health care providers in recognizing it early and also eliminating it from consideration when patients present with other more common erythematous eruptions (red rashes on the skin).


Please visit the For The Media website to read the full report and the related Viewpoint article, "Zika Virus in the Americas: An Obscure Arbovirus Comes Calling," by Lola V. Stamm, Ph.D., of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

(JAMA Dermatology. Published online May 11, 2016. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2016.1433. Available pre-embargo to the media at

Editor's Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, financial disclosures, funding and support, etc.

Media Advisory: To contact corresponding study author Amit Garg, M.D., call Adrienne M. Stoller at 516-463-7585 or email

Related material: The Viewpoint article, "Zika Virus in the Americas: An Obscure Arbovirus Comes Calling," also is available.

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