Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - December 2016
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released preliminary estimates of birth defects after Zika Virus infection during pregnancy based on data available as of September 22, 2016. CDC has also added the following new "What to Know" 2-page information sheets to their Zika Virus webpage. These information sheets were developed for practitioners to help answer questions from women who have been exposed to Zika or who have babies who were born after being exposed to the Zika virus.
See also, Zika Virus - 10 Public Health Achievements in 2016 and Future Priorities (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - December 30, 2016).
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics - November 17, 2016
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has added a new Zika Virus page to its website, which includes: AAP Zika Response Activities, Latest News, Guidance Specific to Children, Psychosocial Support, Resources for Health Care Providers and Health Departments, State Level Actions, General Information on Zika, and more.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report - Vol. 65, No. 42, October 28, 2016
A new paper from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Preparedness for Zika Virus Disease - New York City, 2016, reports that the rapid spread of Zika virus has had a direct effect on the U.S. health care delivery system. As of September 21, 2016, a total of 715 cases of laboratory-confirmed Zika virus disease had been diagnosed in New York state, representing the highest number of reported cases in any state to date. This underscores the importance of health care systems preparing to care for patients with possible Zika virus disease and the need for providers to educate patients, especially pregnant women, about avoiding infection with Zika virus. Zika virus infection during pregnancy can lead to adverse birth outcomes such as microcephaly, defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth.
Source: Public Consulting Group - September 2016
A new white paper, The Zika Virus: Implications for Collaboration across Human Services Agencies and State Action Plans (September 2016), is designed to help human service agencies, including early intervention, child care, early childhood, and public welfare agencies, start the process of coordinating and preparing to support children and families affected by the Zika virus. Research has documented a wide range of neurologic abnormalities in babies infected with Zika, including microcephaly, problems with vision, hearing loss, and impaired growth. The white paper provides information about the causes and costs of the Zika virus, state government and provider planning efforts, actionable suggestions for prevention and intervention, and a comprehensive list of state-by-state online resources for Zika action planning.
Source: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, Early Release (September 13, 2016)
Zika virus infection during pregnancy can lead to adverse birth outcomes such as microcephaly, defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika Virus Disease Cases - 50 States and the District of Columbia, January 1-July 31, 2016 finds that as of September 3, 2016, a total of 2,382 confirmed or probable cases of Zika virus disease during January 1-July 31, 2016 were reported from 48 of 50 states and the District of Columbia. Most cases were travel-associated.
Resources about Zika Virus for families and for healthcare providers can be found on CDC's Zika website. Health care providers are encouraged to educate patients, especially pregnant women, about avoiding infection with Zika virus, and all pregnant women should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure at each prenatal visit.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - August 30, 2016
A new report, Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly and Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus Infection - Brazil, November 2015-May 2016 (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, Vol. 65, Early Release - August 30, 2016) finds that among 70 children with microcephaly and laboratory evidence of congenital Zika virus infection, four of 69 were found to have sensorineural hearing loss without other potential cause. Children with evidence of the virus infection who have normal initial screening tests should receive regular follow-up, because hearing loss can be delayed.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - August 26, 2016
The following two new reports related to infants with possible congenital Zika virus are now available online. Additional resources for families and for healthcare providers can be found on CDC's Zika website.