CDC deactivates emergency operations center for Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today deactivated its emergency operations center for Zika virus. “Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses and infants, from the emerging virus and its... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

CDC reports birth defects in 1 in 10 pregnant women with confirmed Zika

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Birth defects were reported in 10% of the 250 completed pregnancies with laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection reported to the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry in 2016, according to a Vital Signs report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s more than 30 times higher than... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

CDC: South Beach, FL, no longer local Zika transmission area

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No new cases of local Zika virus transmission have been identified in the previously designated area of South Miami Beach, FL, for more than 45 days, suggesting that the risk of Zika virus infection is no longer greater than in the rest of Miami-Dade County, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

HRSA announces Zika funding for health departments in territories

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The Health Resources and Services Administration plans to award about $17 million in Zika Response and Preparedness Act funds to health departments in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. The funding will support activities to screen, identify, assess and follow up with infants and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, child health, infant health, preparedness, Zika

CDC call tomorrow, Twitter chat Thursday on Zika virus

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host an Aug. 9 Zika virus conference call for clinicians with the Surgeon General and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. To access the call, at 3 p.m. ET, dial 888-769-8753; passcode 9886820. On Aug. 11, the Department of Health and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physicians, pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, nurses, preparedness, Zika

CDC webinar Tuesday on Zika clinical guidance for pregnant women

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host an Aug. 9 webinar on its latest clinical guidance for U.S. health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure. CDC officials will discuss revised diagnostic testing for Zika among pregnant women; clinical management of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: physician issues, pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, nurses, Zika

ASPR issues Zika planning resources for health care providers, coalitions

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has issued resources to help health care providers and coalitions plan for a real or potential Zika virus outbreak. “A Zika outbreak is unlikely to result in large numbers of acutely ill patients needing... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: pregnancy, child health, maternal health, preparedness, Zika

CDC updates Zika guidance, issues factsheets on pregnancy registry

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention today released updated guidance for health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure, and for preventing sexual transmission of Zika virus. Women and men who may have been exposed to Zika from recent travel or... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: pregnancy, maternal health, infant health, preparedness, prevention, Zika

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