For Healthcare Providers
- Zika virus disease is a nationally notifiable condition. Healthcare providers should report suspected Zika virus disease cases to their state, local, or territorial health department to facilitate diagnosis and mitigate risk of local transmission.
- CDC recommends that pregnant women should not travel to areas with risk of Zika. Pregnant women with Zika symptoms and with possible exposure to Zika virus should be tested for Zika virus infection. Pregnant women with no Zika symptoms but who have ongoing Zika exposure should be offered Zika testing.
- Women and their partners should plan their pregnancies in the context of the Zika outbreak. Healthcare providers should discuss reproductive life plans, including pregnancy intentions and timing of pregnancy, with women of reproductive age.
- Zika testing and evaluation for infants is based on the mother’s possible exposure to Zika virus during pregnancy.
Testing for Zika
Overview and Training
- Testing Guidance for Non-Pregnant Symptomatic Individuals, Symptomatic Pregnant Women, and Asymptomatic Pregnant Women
- Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus (MMWR, July 24, 2017)
- Update: Interim Guidance for the Diagnosis, Evaluation, and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection — United States, October 2017 (MMWR, Oct. 19, 2017)
- Update: Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus for Persons with Possible Zika Virus Exposure – United States, August 2018 (Aug. 10, 2018)
- Zika Virus Webinar: Updates to Clinical Guidance and Recommendations for Pregnant Women and Infants
- Facts about Microcephaly
- MMWR Zika Reports
- CDC’s Health Alert Network (HAN)
- EID Journal: Zika Spotlight
- Key Considerations for Healthcare Settings [PDF – 2 pages]
- Protecting Workers from Occupational Exposure to Zika Virus Including Healthcare Settings
- CDC Expert Commentary on Medscape: 10 Questions About Zika
- Page last reviewed: October 12, 2018
- Page last updated: October 12, 2018
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