Special Zika Virus Newsletter- September 2, 2016

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


September 2, 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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New Press Release: "CDC awards $2.4 million to five jurisdictions to fight Zika"

Updated Case Count Maps for the United States: Zika Cases Reported in the United States

New MMWR: "Hearing Loss in Infants with Microcephaly and Evidence of Congenital Zika Virus Infection"

Additional MMWRs: "Guillain-Barré Syndrome During Ongoing Zika Virus Transmission;" "Likely Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus from a Man with No Symptoms of Infection"

New WHO Article: "Screening, assessment and management of neonates and infants with complications associated with Zika virus exposure in utero"

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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Sesame Street - Themed Prevention Videos

1, 2, 3 Stay Away Mosquitoes

Click here to learn how our friends on Sesame Street keep mosquitoes away!

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Miami Herald: "We must protect pregnant women from the Zika virus"


Click here to learn more about protecting pregnant women from the Zika virus. 

Not living in an area with Zika? Learn more about getting tested for Zika.

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LGBT Community: How to Protect Yourselves From Zika


Learn more about how you and your partner can protect yourselves from Zika.

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Getting Tested for Zika?


Click here for a way to keep track of your Zika test results.

Are you a healthcare provider? Learn more about when to test a patient for Zika virus infection.

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Zika Topic of the Week

August 29 - September 2


Back to school: Get books not bites!

Protect your kids from mosquito bites! Use EPA-registered insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol.

Listen here for how kids can protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Click here for a Zika Activity Book for kids and students (en español).

September 5 - 9


Keep Your Workplace Safe!

Employers and workers, you share responsibility for keeping your workplace safe from Zika.

Working outside? Click here to learn more about protecting yourself while outdoors.

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Communication Tips: "Relating Messages to Risk Perceptions"

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Relating Messages to Risk Perceptions

Not all risks are perceived equally by an audience. Risk perception can be thought of as a combination of hazard—the technical or scientific measure of a risk—and outrage—the emotions that the risk evokes. As emergency communicators, we must understand how affected populations perceive risks to develop effective messages.

Don’t dismiss outrage. The mistake some officials make is to measure the magnitude of the crisis only based on how many people are physically hurt or how much property is destroyed. Remember that we must also consider the emotional trauma associated with a crisis.

Emotions surrounding a tragedy may vary based on a number of factors. Responders should expect greater public outrage and more demands for information if the disaster is manmade and, especially, if it’s intentional and targeted. Unfairly distributed and unfamiliar catastrophes can cause people to feel anger, frustration, helplessness, fear, and a desire for revenge. These emotions can affect how an audience receives public health messages.

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles provide communicators with useful tools to improve emergency communications. CERC can help responders understand how some risks are more easily accepted than others, and to anticipate and address these potential barriers to communication. Used effectively, CERC can help to ensure that communicators are responding to people’s real needs in 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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It’s back-to-school season and kids are ready to learn! Teach them how to help get rid of mosquitoes in and around your home. Ask them to help find and empty or throw away items that hold standing water like flower pots, buckets, bird baths, and tires. http://1.usa.gov/1ZO5w66

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Workers: Reduce your risk of getting sick.  Protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if working outdoors.  

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#ZapZika by using mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in rooms w/o window or door screens.

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Getting ready for a new school year? CDC has guidance for school administrators on preparing for #Zika.


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