Oscar Pacheco, M.D., Mauricio Beltrán, M.S., Christina A. Nelson, M.D., Diana Valencia, M.S., Natalia Tolosa, M.D., Sherry L. Farr, Ph.D., Ana V. Padilla, M.D., Van T. Tong, M.P.H., Esther L. Cuevas, M.S., Andrés Espinosa-Bode, M.D., Lissethe Pardo, B.S., Angélica Rico, B.S., Jennita Reefhuis, Ph.D., Maritza González, M.D., Marcela Mercado, M.S., Pablo Chaparro, M.D., Mancel Martínez Duran, M.D., Carol Y. Rao, Sc.D., María M. Muñoz, M.D., Ann M. Powers, Ph.D., Claudia Cuéllar, M.D., Rita Helfand, M.D., Claudia Huguett, M.S., Denise J. Jamieson, M.D., Margaret A. Honein, Ph.D., and Martha L. Ospina Martínez, M.D.

June 15, 2016

Zika virus is a flavivirus transmitted primarily by the bite of an infected aedes mosquito. In Colombia, a country with a population of 48 million, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes are the species that are most commonly found at elevations below 2000 m above sea level. Transmission of Zika virus from mother to fetus and sexual transmission have both been reported.1-3 Zika virus infection during pregnancy can cause microcephaly and other severe brain defects in the fetus or infant and has been associated with other adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes.

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