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

NIH testing vaccine to protect against mosquito-borne diseases

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The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has launched a clinical trial to test an investigational vaccine designed to protect against a range of mosquito-transmitted diseases – such as Zika, malaria and West Nile and dengue fevers – by triggering an immune response to mosquito saliva. The... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: prevention, Zika

CDC issues Zika 'primer for nurses'

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued “Zika Virus: A Primer for Nurses,” a slide presentation that can be used for grand rounds and other purposes. Topics include Zika basics, CDC guidance and activities, and preventing Zika and its transmission in health care settings.

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: nurses, preparedness, prevention, Zika

CMS awards $66.1 million to territories, Florida to fight Zika

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday awarded $66.1 million in funding to health departments in American Samoa, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Florida to help combat the Zika virus. Funds will support prevention activities and treatment services for health conditions related to... read more

Topic: Community Health
Tags: preparedness, prevention, Zika

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