Dr. José F. Cordero on Zika: Knowing the Facts

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As a pediatrician and maternal health expert, Cordero's expertise on Zika interfaces with the clinical and public health aspects of the disease-diagnosis, treatment and prevention for pregnant women and adults.

He also currently co-directs the PROTECT Center in Puerto Rico, which studies how exposure to environmental contamination has contributed to the high rate of preterm birth in Puerto Rico. This center assists the CDC in surveillance and prevention efforts in Zika in Puerto Rico. The center helps to educate Puerto Rico's medical community on diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Zika infection.

For 27 years, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During his time at the CDC, he was the first Hispanic to attain the rank of assistant surgeon general and held a number of leadership positions focused on improving the health of mothers, children and adults in programs such as immunizations, birth defects and disabilities.

The most prominent of these roles included deputy director of the national immunization program and founding director of the National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities.

In the video below, Dr. Cordero talks briefly on how keeping informed is key to protecting oneself and others against Zika virus infection.   Click here to view the entire Zika series on the College's YouTube Channel.

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