CDC releases new guidance on caring for infants with congenital Zika

Children with congenital Zika virus infection could have an array of difficulties and will need careful evaluation and follow-up, according to federal health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released crucial new guidance for pediatricians and other pediatric clinicians that was developed in consultation with the Academy and other experts.

“We felt there was an urgent need to develop guidance for pediatric health care providers on how to evaluate and manage babies born with congenital Zika virus infection (in order) to give those kids the best chance to reach their full potential,” said co-author Sonja A. Rasmussen, M.D., M.S., FAAP, a pediatrician and clinical geneticist at the CDC.

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