Special Zika Virus Newsletter- September 23, 2016

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


September 23, 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: "Local Mosquito-Borne Transmission of Zika Virus - Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida, June - August 2016"     

New Press Release: "CDC continues to build US laboratory capacity to rapidly detect Zika virus infection"

New Press Release: "CDC updates guidance for Wynwood (FL) neighborhood with active Zika transmission"

Guidance Update: "Advice for people living in or traveling to South Florida"

New Health Alert Network Update: "CDC Updates Guidance for Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Ongoing Investigation of Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida"

CERC Train-the-Trainer Course (11/2/16 - 11/4/16): Email CERCrequest@cdc.gov or call 404-639-3229 to register

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.

CBS News- HHS Secretary Burwell on U.N. meeting on antibiotic overuse, Zika in U.S.


The funding issue for Zika

As October 1 rapidly approaches, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Matthews Burwell stresses the need for funding to fight the Zika virus.

Click here to see Secretary Burwell discuss antibiotic overuse and the severity of the Zika virus with "CBS This Morning".

Health Ministers Guide


Help to fight Zika in your community!

Click here for more information on the Zika virus and the role of a Health Minister in the community.

Mosquito Control and Bite Prevention Flipbook


Mosquito Control Educational Flipbook

Click here for tips on how to control mosquitoes and protect yourself from harmful bites.

Aerial Spraying with Naled


When is aerial spraying used?

Learn more about when aerial spraying is used and its effect on the environment.

Zika Topic of the Week

 September 19 - 23

No Mosquito

Test Your Zika Knowledge

CDC has answers to your questions about Zika.

September 26 - 30


Prepare Yourself for Zika

You can take steps to protect yourself and your loved ones from Zika.

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Communication Tips: "When Emotions Run High"

When Emotions Run High

Crises often create heightened emotional responses. When emotions run high, it is often difficult to communicate public health messages effectively. As crisis communicators, it is our job to address these barriers to communication to promote positive community behaviors and emergency response outcomes.

The following basic circumstances are more likely to increase anger:

  • When people have been hurt
  • When they feel threatened by risks not of their own making
  • When they feel their fundamental beliefs are being challenged
  • When people feel weak in the face of others who are more powerful
  • When they feel like they haven’t been treated fairly or with respect
  • When people feel manipulated, ignored, or trivialized

If communicated in an insensitive way, emergency response messages may increase dissention and outrage.

Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles offer tools for understanding and responding to public concerns. Communicators who allow an affected population to share their thoughts and feelings, ask questions, and participate in active listening can help people feel included in a solution. A community’s input may also inform the content of future messages. Following CERC principles can help communicators and communities work together toward a positive crisis resolution.

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.

CERC Train-the-Trainer Course: Register now

Wednesday, November 2 - Friday, November 4 CDC is hosting a Train-the-Trainer course for leaders and communicators who respond to crises and emergencies. This 3-day training will strengthen participants’ knowledge and execution of the core principles of Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication, or CERC, and prepare participants to conduct their own CERC trainings for others in their organization or jurisdiction. To learn more about CERC visit the CERC webpage. 

For any additional questions and to register, email CERCrequest@cdc.gov or call 404 639-3229.

Registration closes Friday, October 14, 2016.

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