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Miller School Pediatric Team Carefully Monitors Zika-Exposed Infants for Developmental Delays

Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., with Yessica Flores and her daughter, Daniella Yac.

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Two years after a Zika virus outbreak in South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America, a University of Miami Miller School of Medicine pediatric team is carefully monitoring more than 75 children who were exposed to the virus but do not have visible birth defects.

“Zika-exposed babies and infants need to be screened and monitored for potential developmental delays or other problems,” said Ivan Gonzalez, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics and medical director of the Miller School’s Comprehensive Zika Response Team. “As with many infant diseases and disorders, early intervention is crucial for positive long-term outcomes.”

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