Zika Response

Lessons Learned From Zika Response: Q & A

Published Date: 
Thu, 2017-03-02

APHA Voices posted a Q&A blog article featuring the director of the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at CDC's National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID), Dr. Lyle Petersen. He describes some lessons learned from Zika this past year, while touching on what is still unknown and what needs to be learned. He ends by highlighting how to better prepare for future vector-borne threats.

To read the full Q & A, visit the Public Health Newswire web page here.

Reminder: December 23rd Application Deadline for Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-12-20

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.

Save the Date: Webinars on Applying for Zika Field Support

Published Date: 
Fri, 2016-12-02

Save the Date: Webinars on Applying for Zika Pregnancy and Birth Defects Local Health Department Field Support

CDC MMWR: Infants Born With Congenital Zika Virus Infection Without Microcephaly at Birth

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-11-29

The CDC Weekly Mortality and Morbidity Report describes 13 infants born in Brazil with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during October 2015–January 2016. While these infants had the absence of microcephaly at birth, they were later found to have brain abnormalities associated with congenital Zika syndrome. These brain abnormalities include decreased brain volume, ventriculomegaly, subcortical calcifications, and cortical malformations. Head growth was documented to have decelerated as early as five months of age among all of the infants and 11 of the 13 had microcephaly.

Estimates of the Impact of the Zika Outbreak in Puerto Rico, 2016

Published Date: 
Tue, 2016-09-06

A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association-Pediatrics estimated the number of infants that may be born with congenital Zika virus infection and microcephaly following the Zika outbreak in Puerto Rico in 2016. Estimates include:

·         5,900-10,300 pregnant women might be infected from the outbreak

·         Of these, 100-270 infections might lead to microcephaly in infants between mid-2016 and mid-2017

Join the Fight Against Zika by Spreading the News

Published Date: 
Thu, 2016-09-01

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:

CDC - Zika: A Draft Interim Response Plan

Published Date: 
Wed, 2016-06-22

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued Zika: A Draft Interim Response Plan.


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