Special Zika Virus Newsletter- September 16, 2016

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


September 16, 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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Updated Case Count Maps for the United States: Zika Cases Reported in the United States

New MMWR: "Preliminary findings from an investigation of Zika virus infection in a patient with no known risk factors;" "Zika Virus Disease Cases — 50 States and the District of Columbia, January 1–July 31, 2016"

New Public Health Matters Post: "West Nile to Zika: How One Virus Helped New York City Prepare for Another"

New USA Today Article: "CDC deploys new rapid response teams to fight Zika"

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.

Dr. Oz on the Zika Virus Funding Stalemate in Congress

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Dr. Oz

Lack of funding is hindering the ability to properly educate and protect the public from the Zika virus. Click here to see Dr. Tom Frieden and Dr. Oz discuss the consequences this will have on the public.

The New Yorker- "To Catch a Mosquito"

The New Yorker

New York is taking early action to help prevent a Zika virus outbreak. Click here for more information on the innovative trap a team of entomologists are using to catch mosquitoes in the big city.

External Resources for Pregnant Women and Families


Pregnant women or families who would like to speak to someone about a possible Zika virus infection or diagnosis during pregnancy and potential risks to the baby can contact MotherToBaby. MotherToBaby, is a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS) and is not affiliated with CDC.

MotherToBaby experts are available during business hours to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone or chat:

Treat Clothing with Permethrin

Treat Clothing with Permethrin

Learn more about using permethrin and preventing mosquito bites.

Zika Topic of the Week

September 12 - 16


Is Your State Prepared for Zika?

CDC has tools for state and local health departments to prepare for Zika.

 September 19 - 23

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Test Your Zika Knowledge

CDC has answers to your questions about Zika.

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Communication Tips: "Culture and Communication"

Culture and Communication

Culture is a complex set of values, ideas, attitudes, and symbols that shape behavior. It consists of the language, beliefs, behaviors, objects, and traditions that are characteristic of members who belong to a particular group of people. This may be a religion, an institution, a society, or a nation. Public health communicators need to be aware of the cultural diversity in the populations they serve.  

Culture is among the most complex communication issues to manage during a crisis. Different cultural factors affect communication during a crisis:

  • Languages spoken
  • Risk perception
  • Trusted sources of information
  • Traditional family roles and relationships
  • Rituals for grieving and death
  • Acceptable forms of communication

The more you know about a particular cultural group, the greater the chance your communication will be effective.

There’s little time to acquire detailed cultural knowledge during a crisis. You may need to turn to a cultural agent—a person from that culture—perhaps a leader or respected elder, who can help you understand how a particular culture will view an issue. Be aware that cultures are not always unified. It may be challenging to find a cultural agent who is accepted by all. It is important to build ties to various ethnic and cultural communities before a crisis occurs.

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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