CDC Emergency Partners Newsletter - January 2016

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CDC Emergency Partners

                                                              January 29, 2016

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Below, please find resources and guidance that we hope will be useful to you and your organization. Please share with your colleagues and networks.

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CDC has issued travel notices for people traveling to certain regions and countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. These alerts follow reports in Brazil of microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant. CDC is working with health authorities in the affected countries and with public health experts across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to take additional steps related to Zika virus.

CDC Zika Virus Resources

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Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women during a Zika Virus Outbreak

CDC has developed interim guidelines for healthcare providers in the United States caring for pregnant women during an outbreak of Zika virus infection. These guidelines include recommendations for pregnant women considering travel to an area with Zika virus transmission and recommendations for screening, testing, and management of pregnant returning travelers. Because no vaccine nor medications are available to prevent Zika, CDC recommends that all pregnant women consider delaying travel to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. If a pregnant woman travels to an area with Zika virus transmission, she should be advised to strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites. These interim guidelines will be updated as more information becomes available.  

Interim Guidelines for the Evaluation and Testing of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection

CDC has developed interim guidelines for healthcare providers in the United States caring for infants whose mothers traveled to or resided in an area with Zika virus transmission during pregnancy. Healthcare providers caring for infants should work closely with providers caring for pregnant women to identify infants whose mothers may have been exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy. These guidelines include recommendations for the evaluation, testing, and management of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection. These interim guidelines will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Learn how Zika virus is transmitted, how to avoid Zika virus disease, and more.

Please check the CDC travel advisory website frequently for the most up-to-date recommendations:

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CDC Ebola Resources

CDC released the latest Key Messages for the Ebola virus disease in West Africa on January 27, 2016.  To access these Key Messages, click here.

Please note that CDC Ebola Key Messages, and this newsletter, will be distributed every other week unless there are urgent updates. These key messages will include the Ebola cases and deaths.

General Outbreak Information

New or Updated Guidance Documents

Full range of guidance documents can be found at the CDC Ebola Web site

Multimedia Resources

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Put CDC content on Ebola on your website that will update automatically.

Add a CDC Ebola Microsite to your web page.  The embed code for this microsite is available in CDC’s new syndication site, the Public Health Media Library.  Ebola HTML content, images, and other media are being added and also available for syndication from this site.

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Communication Tips

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Emerging Infectious Diseases

Crisis and emergency risk communication (CERC) principles can be applied to a range of crises, including those caused by emerging infectious diseases. Immediate and credible guidance can teach people to identify risks and protect themselves from illness.

Infectious diseases are a danger to all people, no matter their age, gender, lifestyle, ethnic background, or economic status. These infections impose a huge cost to society. Since it is never certain when or where new diseases will arise, we must always be prepared. Good communication can inform the decisions and health behaviors of the public as diseases continue to evolve and emerge.

In the last 40 years, CDC has been involved in the discovery of several emerging infectious diseases, both in the U.S. or around the world. CERC principles were designed to help public health professionals communicate effectively during these emergencies, including influenza pandemics and other infectious disease outbreaks. Well-planned and well-executed CERC can help save lives and preserve the public’s health.

For more information, please see Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication, 2014 Edition and Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication Pandemic Influenza, 2007.

Have you used CERC in your work? To share your CERC stories, e-mail Your stories may appear in future CERC Corners.

Social Media Partner Resources

These social media messages are available so that you can share on your organization's social media accounts.

Zika infection may cause birth defects. Travelers to areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are at risk of being infected. Mosquitoes that spread Zika are aggressive daytime biters, and live indoors and outdoors near people. There is no vaccine or medicine available for Zika virus. The best way to avoid Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

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The best way to avoid #Zika is to prevent mosquito bites.

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La infección por el virus del Zika puede causar defectos de nacimiento. Los viajeros a áreas con transmisión de este virus tienen riesgo de infectarse. Los mosquitos que transmiten el virus del Zika pican en forma agresiva durante el día y viven cerca de las personas, dentro o fuera de las casas. No hay vacunas o medicamentos contra este virus. La mejor forma de prevenir enfermarse por el virus del Zika es evitar las picaduras de mosquitos.

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La mejor forma de prevenir el virus del #Zika es evitar las picaduras de mosquitos

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@CDCemergency:  #Frostbite most often affects the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, fingers, or toes. Keep your skin covered & not exposed!

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@CDCemergency: Don't let snow block heating vents or car tailpipes. CO buildup could hurt you & your family.  #Blizzard2016

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