Hearing examines public health response to Zika virus

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee today held a subcommittee hearing on the U.S. public health response to Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects in infants born to women infected during pregnancy. About 94% of the more than 5,200 Zika cases reported in the continental U.S. since... read more

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

CDC updates Zika testing recommendations for asymptomatic pregnant women

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Pregnant women without Zika virus symptoms who have lived in or traveled to areas with Zika transmission should receive nucleic acid testing for Zika at least once per trimester, in addition to the previously recommended immunoglobulin M testing, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in an ... read more

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

Study estimates potential cost of Zika in certain states, scenarios

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A Zika outbreak that infected from 0.01% to 10% of the population in six U.S. states could cost from $183 million to $10.3 billion, researchers estimate in a study reported last week in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. The study estimates direct medical costs, Medicaid costs and productivity losses for... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: population health, Medicaid, preparedness, Zika

CDC: Zika cases in Brazil highlight need for enhanced epilepsy surveillance

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Seizures and epilepsy were reported last year in some infants in Brazil with probable or laboratory evidence of congential Zika virus infection, according to a commentary co-authored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in JAMA Neurology. In a study of 48 infants with probable congenital Zika... read more

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

CDC issues guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus in health care

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week issued guidance for managing occupational exposures to Zika virus for health care personnel. The document provides guidance for facilities to determine when health care personnel should be tested for Zika virus infection following an occupational... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: physicians, maternal health, population health, infant health, Community health, nurses, preparedness, workforce, prevention, Zika

HHS awards contract to develop new diagnostic test for Zika

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded an $8.9 million contract to further develop an automated laboratory diagnostic test for Zika virus, the second such test to receive funding from the agency’s Advanced Research and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: 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

NIH Zika vaccine candidate advances to larger human trial

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An experimental DNA vaccine to protect against disease caused by Zika infection has advanced to a larger study in humans, which will further evaluate the vaccine’s safety and immune response as well as optimal dosing, the National Institutes of Health announced today. Initial findings from an ongoing... read more

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

CDC updates blood and tissue safety risk for three Florida counties

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced the potential for increased risk to blood and tissue safety in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, FL, starting on June 15, 2016, due to local Zika virus transmission. “This increased risk is particularly relevant for semen... read more

Topic: Quality and Patient Safety
Tags: patient safety, maternal health, infant health, prevention, Zika

CDC reports 20-fold increase in birth defects associated with Zika

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The proportion of U.S. pregnancies with Zika-associated birth defects is about 20 times higher than it was before the virus spread to the Americas, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between Jan. 15 and Sept. 22, 2016, the U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: maternal health, population health, infant health, Zika

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