CNCA and Zika Care Connect

by ih-chi admin

Zika became a household word during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics when spectators and athletes were warned of the harmful virus being spread by mosquitoes. This particular virus can cause serious birth defects and developmental disorders in babies if a pregnant woman is infected.

While the presence of Zika is currently very rare in Texas, pregnant women who travel abroad (especially to neighboring Central and South America) can be susceptible to it.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and March of Dimes recently initiated a project—an online network named Zika Care Connect-- to coordinate medical services for women who have tested positive for the virus and their babies.

Here’s how Child Neurology Consultants of Austin is playing a crucial part in these efforts:

             CNCA was selected to be part of the provider team for Zika Care connect, along with other medical experts in fields such as maternal fetal medicine, radiology, and pediatric endocrinology.

             CNCA will receive the most up-to-date medical information available on the virus from the CDC so that we can offer the best care to any patients affected here in Central Texas.

             CNCA will have the chance to contribute clinical child neurology research as it relates to Zika for the benefit of this national program.

At present, there is no vaccine or special treatment for Zika, but there are ways to protect yourself and unborn child:

             Use insect repellant and wear long, protective layers of clothing when outside in mosquito-infested areas.

             Remove standing water near your home to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.

             Practice safe sex and use a condom if partnering with someone who has been exposed to the virus as it can be transmitted sexually.

If you have questions or concerns about the Zika virus, please contact us for an appointment with one of our pediatric neurology specialists.