The Threat of Zika Becomes a State of Emergency
In late 2015, the mosquito-borne Zika virus became a global health concern as the disease spread throughout more than 20 countries in Latin America, infecting pregnant women and causing birth defects in their babies.
Predicting that the virus would make its way to the United States – and that Miami as an international travel destination could be a likely gateway – a comprehensive, multidisciplinary group of UHealth/Jackson expert physicians took action. They joined forces to create the UHealth/Jackson Zika Response Team in February 2016.
This team – which included obstetricians, pediatricians, infectious disease specialists, and pathologists – met regularly to discuss hospital preparedness, prevention, evaluation and testing protocols, treatment, and monitoring of the Zika virus.
In July 2016, Miami-Dade County became ground-zero for the United States’ first locally transmitted case of the Zika virus. As a result, the public, as well as national and international news media, relied on the medical expertise of the UHealth/Jackson Zika Response Team to keep them informed on how to protect themselves and loved ones.
The team also provided comprehensive care to dozens of pregnant women in Miami-Dade infected with the virus, and closely monitored their babies after birth.
Jan. 2008 Medical Firsts
Treating Hypothermia from Within. Link opens story page.
In 2008, UHealth/Jackson surgeons became the first in the world to use an internal warming method to prevent hypothermia during burn surgery.Explore in story page.
May. 2012 Miracle Stories
Five-month-Old Receives Life-Saving Liver Transplant. Link opens story page.
In 2007, five-month-old Kara Ffrench and 46-year-old Victor Billingsley shared a donor liver in simultaneous surgeries hundreds of miles apart.Explore in story page.
Jun. 1918 Jackson History
New Miami City Hospital Opens in Midst of Influenza Epidemic. Link opens story page.
On June 25, 1918, the new Miami City Hospital, spearheaded by physician Dr. James M. Jackson, opened its doors to the community in the midst of an influenza epidemic.Explore in story page.