AAP Zika Response Activities
The AAP works collaboratively with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to Zika virus. The AAP has prepared an annual report of all of its activities specific to the Zika response. To request a copy of this report, e-mail DisasterReady@aap.org.
The AAP held the "Recognizing Microcephaly and Other Presentations of Zika Virus Syndrome" webinar as part of its AAP Webinar Series on Zika Virus Syndrome. An archived version of the webinar and the PowerPoint slides are available. Answers to questions from the audience are also available.
The AAP convened a Children's Hospitals and Preparedness webinar, "Caring for Children with Congenital Zika Virus: Building Community Support". An archived version of the webinar and the PowerPoint slides are available.
The AAP has been awarded funding by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to conduct Project ECHO® Zika, a telementoring project, in the US territories most affected by the Zika virus.
An AAP/CDC "Clinical Evaluation and Management of Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Infection" meeting was held in July 2016. Interim clinical guidance has been developed. Pediatricians are advised to report suspected cases to state health departments and confirmed cases of both pregnant women and children to the CDC's Pregnancy Registry.
The AAP has been awarded funding by the CDC that will be used to train pediatricians around the country to care for children who have contracted congenital Zika virus infection Activities related to Zika prevention and control are conducted in collaboration with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Resources for Pediatricians
24/7 Zika Consultation Service
The CDC maintains a 24/7 Zika consultation service for health officials and health care providers. To contact the service with questions related to children's and adolescents' health, call 770-488-7100 and ask for Zika Clinical Inquires or email
See the CDC
Testing for Zika Virus resource page for additional information on when to test, test specimens, diagnostic tests, and understanding test results.
As of December 22, 2016 the FDA Warns Health Care Providers Against Relying Solely on Zika Virus Serological IgM Assay Results; Reminds them to Wait for Confirmatory Test Results Before Making Patient Management Decisions: FDA Safety Communication.
US Zika Pregnancy Registry
To understand more about Zika virus infection, the CDC established the
US Zika Pregnancy Registry. The CDC is collaborating with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to collect information about pregnancy and infant outcomes following laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The CDC is asking pediatricians to contribute to the registries by reporting suspected congenital Zika cases to state, tribal, local or territorial health departments to facilitate testing. Members of the AAP can find state-specific contact information
here. For questions about the registry please email
ZikaPregnancy@cdc.gov or call 770-488-7100.
Zika Virus PowerPoint Slides for Pediatricians
The CDC has developed PowerPoint slides and a facilitation guide about Zika virus for pediatricians that can be used for grand rounds and other presentations. If you use these slides, please email DisasterReady@aap.org to share information about the presentation, including audience type, number of participants, and any feedback that you receive.
The Puerto Rico Department of Health and the CDC have developed a surveillance system called Zika Active Pregnancy Surveillance System (ZAPSS)/Sistema de Vigilancia Activa de Zika en Embarazos (SVAZE). The surveillance system will be used to evaluate the association between Zika virus infection during pregnancy and adverse outcomes during pregnancy, birth, and early childhood up to 3 years old. For questions about the registry please email ZikaPregnancy@cdc.gov or call 770-488-7100.
Free Online Course
The AAP released a free 30-minute online
ArcheMedX module, "Zika Virus: What Pediatricians Need to Know". This online course gives an important overview of the Zika virus, where it came from, how it got to the Western Hemisphere, as well as an overview of the risk factors for Zika virus infection. The course also includes important information regarding clinical manifestations and current screening, diagnostic, and follow-up recommendations.
Screening and Care of Infants Born with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome
Pediatricians may or may not know an infant's mothers Zika virus exposure prior to seeing the infant. If there is reason for suspicion that there may have been a Zika virus exposure to the infant, the pediatricians should screen the infant according to the CDC's guidance for the evaluation and management of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.
Children born with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome will have varied presentations of the syndrome. See the Key Information for Pediatricians page for more information about the known abnormalities. Like other congenital conditions, children with Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome will need care by a team of subspecialists. This can be very overwhelming for parents, so the AAP has produced a report and webinar on managing medical complexity in your practice.
Guidance Specific to Children
Resources for Health Care Providers and Health Departments
Advocacy and Communication
State Level Actions
General Information on ZikaMaterials to Print Out for Families