BrainWaves #21 Zika: What you need to know
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MedLink Neurology Podcast
BrainWaves #21 Zika: What you need to know
Oct 16, 2023 Season 1 Episode 21
MedLink Neurology

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.


Originally released: July 18, 2017


Rio is front and center of the world right now, not just because of the 2016 Olympic games but also because it harbors the Zika virus. In this episode, infectious disease specialist Dr. Jennifer McGuire speaks with Dr. Ana Cristancho about the things every neurologist needs to know about this worldwide outbreak.


BrainWaves podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used to guide medical decision-making in routine clinical practice. Any cases discussed in this episode are fictional and do not contain any patient health-identifying information. The content in this episode was approved and vetted by Jennifer McGuire.




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