Following CDC guidance on the follow-up care for infants born to women with possible Zika virus exposure during pregnancy can help ensure that affected infants receive the care and services they need.
The long-term prognosis for infants with congenital Zika virus infection is currently unknown. CDC’s infant guidance includes recommendations for testing infants for congenital Zika infection and clinical management recommendations for infants with evidence of Zika virus infection, both with and without apparent birth defects, to ensure careful screening and monitoring of infant development. For infants with congenital Zika virus infection, care is focused on diagnosing and managing conditions that are present and addressing problems as they arise.
Overall, families and caregivers of infants with congenital Zika virus infection will require ongoing psychosocial assessment and support. As a critical component of patient care and to facilitate early identification of developmental delays, families should be empowered to be active participants in their child’s monitoring and care.
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
Zika Clinical Summary Card
- Update: Interim Guidance for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection — United States, October 2017 (MMWR, Oct. 19, 2017)
- Vital Signs: Update on Zika Virus–Associated Birth Defects and Evaluation of All U.S. Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Exposure — U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, 2016
- Video: Suspect Congenital Zika? What to Do Nextexternal icon