Coming to a Patient Near You: The Zika Virus and Anesthetic Implications

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As of November 2016, more than 4000 cases of Zika virus infection have been documented in the United States with the majority of them in the state of Florida. Considerations for the anesthesiologist in managing Zika-infected patients include strict contact precautions from body fluids, potential contraindication to neuraxial anesthesia, supportive care for Guillain-Barre syndrome, and management of neonatal abnormalities.
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