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11 February 2016 /

Cambridge University Press produces free recommendations in response to Zika crisis

Cambridge University Press has published a summary of evidence and recommendations in response to the outbreak of the Zika virus, focused on the risks for pregnant women. The report is provided free-of-charge as a public service in the current crisis. 

Zika virus has been connected to a more than 20-fold surge in reports of microcephaly – a neurological birth defect – in over 23 countries. However, until the recent emergency - and the media and scientific attention that has come with it - there had been very little research or funding into Zika. 

There is neither a vaccine nor prophylactic pharmacotherapy available to prevent Zika virus infection, and there is a significant dearth of information relating to the virus – which Cambridge University Press is aiming to help address. 

The report was written, reviewed, edited and released in just 8 days following the World Health Organisation declaring a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on February 1st.

Professor Bernard Gonik, Fann S. Srere Chair of Perinatal Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, has provided the content of the report, as part of the digital resource High-Risk Pregnancy: Management Options – a new online product currently in development that will launch later this year. The content will continue to be updated with best recommendations as new information on the virus emerges. 

Nick Dunton, Medical Publisher at Cambridge University Press said: “Without serious investment into research of the Zika virus, this crisis could have further ramifications for global health. Professor Gonik is a leading authority of Perinatal Medicine, and his analysis of the current situation will be invaluable to those managing at-risk pregnant women.”

The report can be viewed at:


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About Cambridge University Press

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About High-Risk Pregnancy: Management Options

High-Risk Pregnancy is edited by Professor David James, Emeritus Professor of Fetomaternal Medicine, University of Nottingham; Professor Philip Steer, Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College, London; Professor Carl Weiner, KE Krantz Professor and Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Kansas, Professor Bernard Gonik, Fann S. Srere Chair of Perinatal Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine; and Professor Stephen Robson, Professor of Fetal Medicine, Newcastle University.



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