A/Prof Jo Said
Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Sunshine Hospital
A/Prof Said is the Head of Maternal Fetal Medicine at Sunshine Hospital. She is a passionate clinician researcher who also holds an academic position with The University of Melbourne where she is responsible for both medical student supervision as well as overseeing a range of NHMRC funded research projects involving Honours, PhD and Masters students. She is currently president of the Society of Obstetric Medicine of Australia and New Zealand.


Title: Zika Virus Infection In Pregnancy: A New Epidemic

Reports of an association between the Zika virus and congenital microcephaly were first published in 2015 when an unusual peak in the incidence of microcephaly was reported during an outbreak of Zika virus infection. The World Health Organisation declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1 February 2016. Efforts to understand whether this association is causative, as well as the options for prevention, detection and management of Zika virus infection in pregnancy have evolved rapidly.