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Zika virus infection A056

Last amended 
9 January 2018
Current RMA Instruments
SOP bulletin information on new SOPs

SOP Bulletin 200

 ICD Coding
  • ICD-9-CM Codes: 066.8
  • ICD-10-AM Codes: A93.8
Brief description

Zika virus is an arthropod-borne virus transmitted by mosquitoes.  Clinical manifestations occur in approximately 20 percent of infections.  The incubation period between mosquito bite and onset of clinical manifestations is typically 2 to 14 days.  The illness is usually mild and symptoms resolve within two to seven days.  Symptoms include acute onset of low-grade fever with maculopapular itchy rash, joint pain (mostly in the small joints of the hands and feet), and conjunctivitis.  Outbreaks of Zika virus infection have occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, the Americas and the Caribbean.

Confirming the diagnosis:

The diagnosis requires the presence of a clinical illness consitent with Zika virus infection, with confirmation by laboratory testing.  It is likely the condition will have resolved by the time any claim is made.

The relevant medical specialist is an infectious disease physician.

Additional diagnoses covered by these SOPs
  • Nil
Clinical onset

The clinical onset will be when relevant clinical symptoms first manifest.

Clinical worsening

There are no worsening factors except for inability to obtain appropriate clinical management.  There is no specific treatment for Zika virus infection.