NZ monitoring for Zika in babies

Monitoring for congenital Zika syndrome is due to begin in New Zealand, with paediatricians being asked to report abnormalities among at-risk children under six months of age.

The monitoring will start next month and involve children with brain abnormalities whose mother, or mother’s partner, was in a country with active Zika virus transmission during or just before her pregnancy.

Reporting will be through the Otago University-based New Zealand Paediatric Surveillance Unit, which already monitors other uncommon but important childhood conditions.

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