Zika primer: Pediatricians can help prevent, detect virus in infants
MelissaJenco, News Content Editor
As temperatures rise, so too does the possibility of encountering mosquitoes carrying
No matter where in the country pediatricians practice, they may come across an infected
infant whose mother contracted the virus in the U.S. or while traveling abroad. Some
Zika-related birth defects may be apparent immediately, but they also may develop
To get pediatricians up to speed, AAP News has created a Zika primer based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
data and advice.
Zika virus is transmitted via mosquito bites (most common), sex with an infected partner,
blood transfusion or from a pregnant woman to her fetus.
More than 60 countries and territories have reported mosquitoes carrying the virus.
Two U.S. states (Florida and Texas) have reported transmission from local mosquitoes.
Use the CDC algorithm at http://bit.ly/2qTErDf to evaluate suspected cases. Initial evaluation should include comprehensive physical
exam, head ultrasound, standard hearing assessment and Zika virus testing.
Coordinate with specialists to evaluate and manage birth defects.