Zika Virus

What is the Zika virus?

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Here's what the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists has to say:

Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted virus that generally causes no symptoms or mild illness, but is associated with microcephaly in infants whose mothers contract it during pregnancy. In January 2016, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a health advisory, travel alert and MMWR urging women who are pregnant to avoid countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

Women trying to become pregnant should consult with their healthcare providers before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

Questions and concerns? ACOG and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have great resources on what you need to know about the virus, how it is spread and how it can be prevented. Or, speak with your provider. To make an appointment to see an UNC OB-GYN at any of our locations across the Triangle, call 984-974-2131.

UNC-Chapel Hill Zika News

Dr. Elizabeth StringerWRAL Go Ask Mom | Zika: What pregnant women in North Carolina need to know

Dr. Elizabeth Stringer, associate professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UNC, answers questions from WRAL's Go Ask Mom blog.

Zika Update from UNC OB-GYN | Aug. 1, 2016

Does Zika cause miscarriage? Should pregnant women cancel travel plans? Maternal-fetal medicine expert Dr. Bill Goodnight offers an update on what we know about Zika so far

UNC-Health-Care_RGB.pngUNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care release interdisciplinary list of media experts for the Zika virus

Researchers at UNC School of Medicine and UNC Hospitals are leading the charge in Zika research with more than 10 groups currently studying Zika – its transmission, its epidemiology and its associated neurological and birth defects, including microcephaly.

Chancellor, experts give lesson on Zika

Chancellor Carol L. Folt and three experts attended a panel called “The Zika Virus: What You Need to Know”  June 30 at the Student Union. At an outdoors event, Zika experts, including UNC OB-GYN faculty Dr. David Stamilio and Dr. Sarah Dotters-Katz, answered questions about the virus.

UNC OB-GYN researchers awarded new funding to investigate maternal-fetal transmission of Zika

zika_stringers.jpgUNC OB-GYN's Dr. Elizabeth Stringer, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, and Dr. Jeff Stringer, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, are among a group of UNC School of Medicine researchers recently awarded Emerging Challenges in Biomedical Research (ECBR) grants, the School of Medicine announced July 9, 2016.

Dr. Elizabeth Stringer featured in Zika virus update

Bradley Allf, a features writer for UNC Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases, profiled UNC's multidisciplinary efforts to provide answers about the outbreak of the Zika virus.

UNC OB-GYN Grand Rounds - 'The emerging Zika virus epidemic in the Americas'

Helen Lazear, Ph.D, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology, and Dr. David Stamilio presented on the Zika virus at Grand Rounds April 26, 2016 on "The emerging Zika virus epidemic in the Americas."