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If Your Family has been Affected

As a parent of a new baby who may have been affected by Zika virus during pregnancy, you and your family may be worried and unsure of next steps in caring for your baby. Because we are still learning about the long term effects of Zika infection during pregnancy, it is important that parents work with their child’s doctors to manage the medical care of their baby. Read on to learn where you can go for help.

What we know

  • Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in babies, but not every pregnant woman infected with Zika will have a baby with a related health condition at birth.
  • Children affected by Zika may have lasting special needs. Acting early to get services could make a difference.
Ideas for talking to your children about Zika infographic thumbnail

Ideas for Talking to your Child About Zika

CDC's Response to Zika - For Parents: A postive Zika virus test

For Parents: A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for my child?

What to know if your doctor suspects microcephaly during pregnancy fact sheet thumbnail

What to know: If your doctor suspects microcephaly during pregnancy

What to know if your baby was born with congenital Zika syndrome fact sheet thumbnail

What to know: If your baby was born with congenital Zika syndrome

What to Know if your baby may have been affected by Zika but has no related health conditions at birth fact sheet thumbnail

What to know: If your baby may have been affected by Zika but has no related health conditions at birth

Tips for communicating with your baby's doctor or healthcare provider fact sheet thumbnail

Tips for communicating with your baby’s doctor or healthcare provider

For Parents: Roadmap for Parents of Babies with Congenital Zika Syndrome

For Parents: Roadmap for Babies with Congenital Zika Syndrome

For Parents: Roadmap for Parents of Babies Infected with Zika Before Birth Who Appear Healthy

For Parents: Roadmap for Babies of Mothers Infected with Zika During Pregnancy Who Appear Healthy

Zika Clinical Summary Card

Zika Clinical Summary Card

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