Stanford infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado, MD, on the Zika virus
The Zika virus has now been reported in 23 countries and territories in the Americas. Here in the United States, there have been about 50 cases of the virus in people who have traveled to infected areas and returned to the U.S. So far, there are no indications that Zika has been transmitted by mosquitoes within the continental U.S. The virus is not deadly but is known to cause birth defects, and in Brazil it has been connected to an increase in neurological disorders and microcephaly - in which infants are born with unusually small heads and incomplete brain development. In this podcast, Stanford infectious disease expert Yvonne Maldonado, MD, discusses the Zika outbreak. Dr. Maldonado is a professor of pediatrics and of health research and policy at the Stanford School of Medicine. She is also chief of pediatric infectious disease at Stanford Children’s Health and medical director of infection prevention and control.