Zika Response Team

Zika Response Team

UM’s Comprehensive Zika Response for Mothers & Children

Zika is a virus transmitted primarily through mosquitoes which has been linked to microcephaly, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, and a mild flu-like syndrome with fever, joint pain, conjunctivitis, and rash. Most (80%) people infected with Zika will have no symptoms at all. As Zika arrived in the Western Hemisphere only recently, there is much we do not yet understand about the disease—including all there is to know about infectious periods and potential outcomes in children and in those with asymptomatic infections.

Zika’s most concerning effects are its ability to cause microcephaly and developmental sequelae in the unborn. Not all pregnant women exposed to Zika will pass the virus to their infants, but some will. Some of these infants may experience consequences which include alterations in their brain growth, hearing loss, the development of their vision, hormonal function, and other development. Because the virus can impact the developing fetus, a pregnant woman and her infant should be monitored before and after delivery.

The University of Miami has assembled a comprehensive multidisciplinary team which includes obstetrics and pediatrics to provide the most expert care possible to families who may need assistance.

UM’s comprehensive Zika Response Team includes expertise in pediatric infectious diseases, high-risk obstetrical care, developmental pediatrics, pediatric audiology, pediatric ophthalmology, pediatric endocrinology, and pediatric neurology and coordinates with support programs such as Early Steps. Under the co-direction of pediatrician Dr. Ivan Gonzalez and obstetrician Dr. Christine Curry, UM’s comprehensive Zika Response Team focuses on care first—for each family is welcoming and celebrating a new baby, and we are, too.

For more information, please contact Dr. Ivan Gonzalez: i.gonzalez2@med.miami.edu

UM’s Zika Response Team:
Ivan Gonzalez, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Other Team Members:
Charles Bauer, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Assoc. Director of Neonatology, and Director, Miami-Dade North Early Steps
Gary Berkovitz, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Pediatric Endocrinology
Audina Berrocal, MD, Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development
Robert C. Fifer, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director, Pediatric Audiology & Speech Pathology
Roberto Lopez-Alberola, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology & Pediatrics, and Director, Pediatric Neurology
Gaurav Saigal, MD, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Director, Pediatric Radiology & Neuroradiology

For additional information, see: http://uhealthsystem.com/zika-virus

For Appointments and Questions:
To speak to the Zika Response Team directly, email zika@miami.edu or call 305-689-ZIKA (9452).

Prevention is possible for the vast majority of people. Pregnant women and children over 2 months should take the same precautions as all other people. When going outside, wear clothing with long sleeves and pants, and use approved insect repellent. Children 2 months and younger should be kept away from mosquitoes, either in air conditioning or behind screens and netting. Please be sure that the areas around your home do not have containers which collect water. Cover trash cans or turn them upside down. The Zika virus can also be spread through sexual activity. Prevent sexual transmission by using condoms and other barrier protection. For more information, see: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html

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