In a report released by the Journal of the American Medical Association, CDC scientists estimate that 6 percent of completed pregnancies following Zika virus infection were affected by one or more birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The report combined data from the continential United States and Hawaii. See more about the report here.
The local health department field support assistance application, Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support, from the CDC is due Friday, December 23rd. This application is for local health departments in communities with pregnant women with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection.
The CDC has updated and combined its interim guidance for persons with possible Zika virus exposure who are planning to conceive and its interim guidance on preventing Zika virus transmission through sexual contact as of Septmeber 2016.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has a simple way you can help to fight the Zika virus. By utilizing your social media platforms you can help spread the word about the Zika virus to your friends and family.
They recommend spreading these key messages about Zika virus:
CityMatCH acts as a national voice in communicating urban MCH issues to local MCH leaders, members, and partners at the local, state, and national levels. This page will highlight emerging MCH issues in the field, providing timely resources and information on the most pressing MCH issues.
CDC will be hosting the webinar: "Updated Interim Zika Clinical Guidance for Pregnant Women and Data on Contraceptive Use to Decrease Zika-affected Pregnancies" on Tuesday, August 9, 2016 from 2- 3 PM ET.