Congenital Zika Virus Program 202-476-7409

What is Zika?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has recently started circulating in South and Central America. It's important that you get all the facts about this disease.

Get more information about the Zika virus

The Only Pediatric Zika Program in the Mid-Atlantic Region

When you are pregnant, your greatest priority is protecting the health of your baby. If you are concerned about the spread of the Zika virus and wonder whether your child could be affected, turn to the experts at Children’s National. Our Congenital Zika Program was created  to provide expecting families with a comprehensive diagnosis and care plan. As one of the first comprehensive Zika specialty programs in the country, we have the right team and expertise to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Experts in Zika Research and Care

The program, a collaboration between the Fetal Medicine Institute and Division of Infectious Disease, is led by Adre du Plessis, MBChB, MPH, Chief of Fetal and Transitional Medicine, and Roberta DeBiasi, MD, Chief of Infectious Disease, two of the foremost experts in their fields. Together, they lead a team of physicians and scientists who are involved in ongoing research working toward furthering understanding of the virus.

Our program’s clinicians are here to provide you and your doctor with an accurate and streamlined diagnosis and management plan. And our compassionate Care Coordinators will work closely with you to streamline and coordinate all testing and schedule all follow-up tests as needed.

When Should You Contact the Congenital Zika Program?

Women can be infected with the Zika virus by mosquito bite in an area where there is active Zika transmission or by sexual transmission from an infected partner.

If you are pregnant, you should contact us if:

  • You recently traveled to a Zika-affected area.
  • You had a sexual encounter with a Zika-infected partner or someone who traveled to a Zika affected area.
  • You have a history of mosquito bites and have symptoms consistent with Zika.

You should also contact us if you have a newborn and:

  • You had a positive or inconclusive test result for Zika.
  • You lived in a Zika affected area during pregnancy.
  • They have symptoms of Zika in the first two weeks of life.

Contact Us

Please contact us immediately if you have been exposed to the Zika virus or have any concerns. You can call us directly: 202-476-7409 or email us!

Download our Zika fact sheet (English )(Spanish)

Congenital Zika Virus Program Team

In This Section:

Meet the Team

Our program staff are leaders in international Zika-related research initiatives.

Referral Guidelines for Physicians

If you suspect your patient has been exposed to the Zika virus, please consult these guidelines.

What is Zika?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has recently started circulating in South and Central America. Get more information about this disease.