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Congenital Zika Virus Program

Contact number | 202-476-7409
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What is Zika?

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has recently started circulating in South and Central America. It's important that you get all the facts about this disease.

Get more information about the Zika virus

One of the First Comprehensive and Dedicated Zika Programs in the Country

(en español)

When you are pregnant, your greatest priority is protecting the health of your baby. If you are concerned about the spread of the Zika virus and wonder whether your child could be affected, turn to the experts at Children’s National. Our Congenital Zika Program was created  to provide expecting families with a comprehensive diagnosis and care plan. As one of the first comprehensive Zika specialty programs in the country, we have the right team and expertise to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

Experts in Zika Research and Care

The program, a collaboration between the Prenatal Pediatrics Institute and Division of Infectious Disease, is led by Adré J. du Plessis, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., Chief of Prenatal and Transitional Medicine, and Roberta DeBiasi, M.D., Chief of Infectious Disease, two of the foremost experts in their fields. Together, they lead a team of physicians and scientists who are involved in ongoing research working toward furthering understanding of the virus.

Our program’s clinicians are here to provide you and your doctor with an accurate and streamlined diagnosis and management plan. And our compassionate Care Coordinators will work closely with you to streamline and coordinate all testing and schedule all follow-up tests as needed.

When Should You Contact the Congenital Zika Program?

Women can be infected with the Zika virus by mosquito bite in an area where there is active Zika transmission or by sexual transmission from an infected partner.

If you are pregnant, you should contact us if:

  • You recently traveled to a Zika-affected area.
  • You had a sexual encounter with a Zika-infected partner or someone who traveled to a Zika affected area.
  • You have a history of mosquito bites and have symptoms consistent with Zika.

You should also contact us if you have a newborn and:

  • You had a positive or inconclusive test result for Zika.
  • You lived in a Zika affected area during pregnancy.
  • They have symptoms of Zika in the first two weeks of life.

Contact Us

Please contact us immediately if you have been exposed to the Zika virus or have any concerns. You can call us directly: 202-476-7409 or email us.

Download our Zika fact sheet: (English) | (Spanish)

Congenital Zika Virus Program Team

  • Roberta DeBiasi

    Roberta L. DeBiasi
    Division Chief, Infectious Diseases
    Co-Director, Congenital Zika Program
    Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
    Investigator, Children's National Research Institute

  • Adre duPlessis

    Adre Du Plessis
    Division Chief, Prenatal and Transitional Pediatrics
    Director, Prenatal Pediatrics Institute
    Director, Prenatal Brain Program

  • Sarah Mulkey

    Sarah Mulkey
    Co-Director, Congenital Infection Program
    Director, Prenatal and Neonatal Fellowship
    Prenatal and Neonatal Neurologist

  • Gilbert Vezina

    L Gilbert Vezina
    Director, Neuroradiology Program

  • Cara Biddle

    Cara Biddle
    Chief, General Pediatrics and Community Health

  • Dorothy Bulas

    Dorothy Bulas
    Division Chief, Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology

  • Lindsay Pesacreta

    Lindsay Pesacreta
    Nurse Practitioner