Dirlikov E, Kniss K, Major C, Thomas D, Virgen CA, Mayshack M, Asher J, Mier-Y-Teran-Romero L, Salinas JL, Pastula DM, Sharp TM, Sejvar J, Johansson MA, Rivera-Garcia B. Guillain-Barré Syndrome and Healthcare Needs during Zika Virus Transmission, Puerto Rico, 2016. Emerging infectious diseases. 2017 Dec;23(23). 134-136. PMID: 27779466 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC5176211
To assist with public health preparedness activities, we estimated the number of expected cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico and associated healthcare needs. Estimated annual incidence is 3.2-5.1 times the baseline, and long-term care needs are predicted to be 3-5 times greater than in years with no Zika virus.