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Congenital Zika syndrome is caused by exposure to the Zika virus before birth. This may happen if the mother is infected from a mosquito bite or through sexual contact with an affected partner. Signs and symptoms of congenital Zika syndrome include birth defects (like small head size) and other health and development problems. Zika virus outbreaks are currently occurring in many countries. Vaccines to prevent Zika virus infection are being researched. The CDC recommends that pregnant women consider postponing travel to Zika-affected areas. People living in or traveling to areas where Zika virus is found should take steps to prevent mosquito bites. Those who have traveled to Zika-affected areas may wish to take steps to prevent sexual transmission of the Zika virus. Babies with congenital Zika syndrome benefit from special medical care to address their healthcare needs.
Source: GARD Last updated on 05-01-20
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers psychosocial support videos for pediatricians and families as well as a Webinar series on Zika virus.
Last updated on 04-27-20
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