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.
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 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.
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: