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Health Topics: Infectious Disease
Children’s National Health System staff members are personally involved in producing world-renowned research. Roberta DeBiasi, MD, Division Chief, Infectious Disease, at Children’s National, explains why the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting is an ideal setting to inform thousands of pediatricians about the expanding Zika virus epidemic.
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Dorothy Bulas, MD, Center for Hospital-Based Specialties commented on research showing the devastating effects of Zika virus, beyond microcephaly.
Research scientists affiliated with Children’s National Health System will moderate sessions, present academic posters , and lead a special symposium about the Zika virus during the 2016 Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting, held from April 30 through May 3, 2016 in Baltimore, Md.
Infectious Zika virus was isolated from the brain of a 21-week-old fetus after causing extensive damage to brain tissue – despite ultrasounds that showed no sign of microcephaly at weeks 13, 16, and 17, according to a report published online March 30, 2016 in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS, described ongoing research and current uncertainties that accompany fetuses severely affected by the Zika virus.