Special Zika Virus Newsletter- August 13, 2016

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


August 13, 2016

Zika virus (Zika) outbreaks are occurring in many countries and territories. Please share the following information with those who may find it useful.

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Read Dr. Frieden's Journal of the American Medical Association's Viewpoint: "Zika Virus 6 Months Later"

New WSJ Article: "New York City’s Chief Zika Hunter, Dr. Jennifer Rakeman"

New WaPo Article: "Why the Zika travel warning in Florida is so narrow. And what it means for rest of U.S.

To learn more about Zika, visit CDC's homepage and key messages.

CDC welcomes suggestions and feedback. If you would like to comment on any of these announcements or send us suggestions, including suggestions for new content, please contact us at emergencypartners@cdc.gov.

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Zika Wallet Cards and Door Hangers

Expand your ways to reach your audiences. CDC has wallet cards and door hangers on topics such as mosquito prevention and insect repellent, condom use, and larvicides.

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Mosquito Prevention Door Hangers for the US
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Condom Use Palm Card

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Zap Zika Video Series

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Zap Zika videos

CDC has releases a series of videos that encourages Zika preventive behaviors. You can check out more videos by accessing CDC's Zika Video Resources page.

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Zika Topic of the Week

August 8 - 12


Protect Your Partners from Zika!

Although Zika is primarily spread through mosquitoes, it can also be passed through sex from a person who has Zika to his or her sex partners, even if the infected person does not have symptoms at the time or if their symptoms have gone away. Condoms (and other barriers to protect against infection) can reduce the chance of getting Zika from sex. This is especially important if the infected person has a pregnant sex partner, because Zika can cause serious birth defects. Learn more about how to prevent sexually transmitted Zika and help spread the message that all travelers coming from an area with Zika can take steps to protect their partners and families from Zika.

August  15 - 19

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Bite back against mosquitoes!

Learn more about mosquitoes and how to protect yourself.

This week’s topic is in support of World Mosquito Day on August 20.

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Weekly CERC Teleconference: "Zika CERC Summary"

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To address the communication concerns and needs of state, local, and territorial health communicators, as well as partner organizations, CDC is hosting a series of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) teleconferences related to Zika issues.

These teleconferences are held on a weekly basis from 1-2 pm (Eastern Time). Each week, a new CERC topic will be presented as it relates to Zika.

August 16 – Zika CERC Summary- In this last week of the Zika Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication discussions, we will summarize the six basic principles of CERC and concepts that have been discussed throughout the series.

 Audio Conference Access Information:

1-800-593-8913 (U.S. Callers)

1-212-547-0398 (International Callers)

Passcode: 3609251

*Please note this is the final call in the series.

All calls will be recorded and posted to our website.

Presentation slides for this teleconference will be available on our website: https://emergency.cdc.gov/cerc/zika-teleconferences.asp

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Communication Tips: "Messaging on Emerging Infectious Diseases"

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Messaging on Emerging Infectious Diseases

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 on society. Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles can help us—as public health communicators—explain risks and recommendations to affected populations.

In the years following World War II, it seemed people were winning the war against infections. We learned that antibiotics could treat life-threatening bacterial infections and vaccines could prevent disabling childhood diseases. However, this hopefulness was premature; some diseases have become resistant to antibiotics and new infections continue to emerge.

  • In 2009, the emergence of H1N1 made the threat of a global pandemic a very real possibility.
  • In 2013, the largest epidemic of Ebola virus disease in history began primarily in three West African countries and spread across local and international borders.
  • In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared an outbreak of Zika virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Since it is never certain when or where new diseases will arise, we must always be prepared. Our job as public health and crisis communicators is to provide people the information they need during an outbreak of infectious disease, so we can effectively support the public, our colleagues, and the organizations offering help during an emergency.

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

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

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Online Resources

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Stay Connected

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

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If you’ve recently traveled to an area with Zika & are concerned about passing Zika through sex, you can protect your partners. Use condoms or don’t have sex for at least 8 weeks after your return —even if you didn’t develop symptoms. http://1.usa.gov/1OtacX8

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Protect your pregnant partner if you recently traveled to an area with Zika. Use condoms every time you have sex or don’t have sex for the rest of her pregnancy. Learn more about protecting your future family from Zika. http://1.usa.gov/1OtacX8

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Recently traveled to area w/ #Zika? Condoms can reduce the risk of passing Zika through sex.

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#Zika can be spread during sex by a person with Zika to his/her partners. Learn more http://1.usa.gov/1OtacX8


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Social Media Partner Resources

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