Published online Feb 12, 2017. doi: 10.5501/wjv.v6.i1.1
Peer-review started: May 12, 2016
First decision: June 14, 2016
Revised: June 20, 2016
Accepted: August 11, 2016
Article in press: August 15, 2016
Published online: February 12, 2017
Core tip: Zika virus is gaining new ground with the recent outbreaks that are starting to expand worldwide. While normally transmitted by the mosquito, other routes of transmission are being discovered. Also, other medical complications are being detected with Zika virus infections. These recent findings require the scientific community to thoroughly examine Zika virus to better understand it so that better diagnostic options, treatment, and preventative measures can be developed. In order to beat Zika virus, we must understand its history and outbreak patterns as well as gain a full understanding of all clinical manifestations associated with this virus.