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For Immediate Release:
February 04, 2016
Media Contact:
Tania Leets
tania.leets@jhsmiami.org
786-546-2581
Jennifer Smith
jennifer.smith@med.miami.edu
305-335-1072

JACKSON HEALTH SYSTEM AND UHEALTH TO ADDRESS HOSPITAL PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON ZIKA VIRUS

Florida governor declares public health emergency in Miami-Dade County and four other counties

Our expert doctors from Jackson Health System and UHealth—University of Miami Health System, along with the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, will address the media on Zika virus.

Zika, transmitted by the Aedes mosquito, is linked to birth defects such as microcephaly (an abnormally small head) in children born to pregnant women infected with the disease and neurologic disorders. Its symptoms include fever, skin rash and joint pain.

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the mosquito-borne illness a public health emergency of international concern. On Wednesday, February 3, Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a “public health emergency” in five counties—Miami-Dade, Broward, Hillsborough, Lee, and Santa Rosa. As of Wednesday, Florida had reported nine cases, including four in Miami-Dade County.

South Florida is geographically a concern due to its high volume of returning international travelers visiting Latin America, where the infected areas have spread over 20 countries.

Responding to multiple media requests for experts, Jackson and UHealth doctors will discuss hospital preparedness.

Who:

Bobby Kapur, MD, chief of emergency medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Amado Baez, MD, resident program director of emergency medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Lilian Abbo, MD, assoc. chief of UHealth Patient Safety, chief of infection control/prevention and antimicrobial stewardship at Jackson Health System
Salih Y. Yasin, MD, UHealth OB/GYN at Jackson Memorial Hospital
Lillian Rivera, RV, MSN, PhD, administrator, Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County 

What:

Jackson and UHealth doctors, and representatives from Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, to discuss Zika virus and hospital protocols.

When: February 04, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Where:

Jackson Memorial Hospital
Ira Clark Diagnostic Treatment Center, room 270
Corner of Northwest 19th Street and 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Editor's Note:

Media can park outside of DTC. Meet a representative from Jackson media relations outside of DTC 1:45 p.m.

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Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Avenue Miami, FL 33136