VIDEO: Zika Tops Agenda of Pediatric Infectious Disease Society Track at IDWeek 2016

Neurodevelopmental complications pose challenges for physicians treating newborns with Zika virus.

NEW ORLEANS — The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society has several important discussions planned during their track of the IDWeek 2016 annual meeting this week.

Andi Shane, MD, MPH, of Emory University and chair of the PIDS committee, sat down with Infectious Disease Advisor this week to discuss one of the top issues on the agenda: Zika virus in the newborn.

Dr Shane noted that the challenge for physicians treating newborns with Zika is that the complications in neonates are largely neurodevelopmental. Despite some difficult hurdles in treating Zika in this population, Dr Shane noted “we are learning more about this every day, including infection prevention aspects.”

Discussions that will focus on Zika and the pediatric population at IDWeek include: 

  • Oral Abstract Session 133: Pediatric Epidemiology: Outbreaks and Surveillance on Friday October 28, 2016, from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM 
  • Symposia 176: Zika Zymposium II: Post-Infectious Sequelae and Clinical Guidance, in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom on Friday, October 28, 2016, at 2 PM