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Officials warn of the potential impact of the Zika virus on the U.S. and surrounding countries throughout the summer. UAB experts suggest the virus will have only a few, isolated outbreaks within the country, but it is good to stay informed. Currently, the CDC has issued a Level 2 travel alert (Practice Enhanced Precautions) for designated areas. Anyone who is pregnant or is considering becoming pregnant and plans to travel to an area impacted by the Zika virus should discuss the situation with their health care provider to determine the appropriate course of action. A breakdown on the history of Zika virus, public health warnings and medical concerns, as well as updates on research and vaccinations, is available below.



In this video, Craig Wilson, M.D., explains what has been learned from early Zika outbreaks and lessons from similar diseases. Topics:

In this video, David Freedman, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine and epidemiology at UAB, explains the dangers of Zika and chances of an outbreak in the U.S. Topics:

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Zika experts at UAB

david freedman expert 2David Freedman, M.D.

Professor Emeritus, Infectious Disease, UAB Traveler’s Clinic

Freedman, professor of medicine and epidemiology, founded the UAB Travelers Health Clinic in 1989. He is a member of the World Health Organization Emergency Committee on Zika virus. In addition to Peru, Guatemala, and Panama, Freedman worked for over a decade at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in northeastern Brazil where the current epidemic has its epicenter.

Areas of expertise:

  • International Travel
  • World Health
  • Infectious Disease

craig wilson expert2Craig Wilson, M.D.

Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health, UAB School of Public Health

Wilson, professor of epidemiology at the UAB School of Public Health, serves as the director of the UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health.

Areas of expertise:

  • Infectious and Tropical Disease
  • Public Health
  • Pediatrics

david kimberlin expert2David Kimberlin, M.D.

Professor, Pediatric Infectious Disease, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Kimberlin, professor in the UAB Division of Pediatrics Infectious Diseases has significant expertise in the study of antiviral treatments for congenital viral infections with central nervous system involvement, including neonatal herpes simplex virus infections and congenital cytomegalovirus disease. He also is the editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Red Book, which details the Academy’s policies on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of pediatric infectious diseases.  In each of these capacities, Kimberlin is involved at the national level in the preparations for Zika in the United States.

Areas of expertise:

  • Pediatric medicine
  • Antiviral treatments
  • Infectious Disease

Richard Whitley, M.D.

Distinguished Professor, Pediatric Infectious Disease, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Suresh Boppana, M.D.

Professor, Pediatric Infectious Disease, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Sergio Stagno, M.D.

Distinguished Professor, Pediatric Microbiology, Medicine, Neurosurgery, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Wally Carlo, M.D.

Director of the Division of Neonatology, UAB Department of Pediatrics

Scott Irvine, M.D.

Co-Director of International Emergency Medicine Fellowship and Division of Global Health, Department of Emergency Medicine

Alan Tita, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, UAB Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

UAB News stories on Zika

Zika Answers

UAB observational study of Zika virus infection during pregnancy begins in Brazil

Likelihood of widespread Zika outbreak in United States low

Zika, pregnancy and microcephaly: What you need to know

Area leaders partner to increase Zika awareness in the community

UAB experts in the news

WBRC Fox 6

Craig Wilson, M.D. shares updates on Zika virus

MedPage Today

Zika: Unfinished Business

'Pockets' of Zika virus could break out in Alabama, US

Alabama News Center

Zika virus has hit Alabama, but UAB experts say there is likely little danger to the public

CBS 42

Zika will likely burn itself out

ABC 33/40

UAB health experts address concerns over Zika

A warning for pregnant women

ABC News

Zika virus outbreak impacts blood donation guidelines in U.S.

New York Times

Study of Zika Outbreak Estimates 1 in 100 Risk of Microcephaly

Zika Virus Increases Concerns About Employee Safety

Zika Infection Transmitted by Sex Reported in Texas

WSFA NBC 12, WTVM ABC 9, WBRC Fox 6, CBS 46 Atlanta, WVTM NBC 13

UAB’s Sergio Stagno, M.D., has strong warning on Zika

Medical Express

Likelihood of widespread Zika outbreak in the U.S. low


Zika virus in Montgomery

Additional resources

Southern Research Institute

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization

CDC’s Zika Basics

CDC info on mosquito control

ADPH’s mosquito coloring book for children

City of Birmingham Mosquito Abatement Schedule

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