Special Zika Virus Newsletter- October 7, 2016

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


October 7, 2016

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



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

New Special Travel Considerations: "Zika Virus in Southeast Asia"

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.

Washington Ideas Forum: Dr. Anne Schuchat provides an update on CDC's Zika response


Washington Ideas Forum

Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC Principal Deputy Director, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, provided an update on Zika virus at the Washington Ideas Forum.

Click here to see Dr. Schuchat's update on CDC's Zika response.

Be Ready: Make a Kit


Zika Prevention Kit

Making a preparedness kit is one important way you can protect yourself and those around you. Remember that there are many types of emergencies – from those caused by illness to natural disasters – and you need different types of kits for a variety of situations.

Click here to learn more about building your own Zika Prevention Kit!

Increasing Access to Contraception


Increasing Access to Contraception in the Context of Zika Prevention

Helping women who want to delay or avoid pregnancy during the Zika virus outbreak is a primary strategy to reduce Zika-related adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes, including microcephaly and severe fetal brain defects. The best way to reduce the risk of unintended pregnancy is for sexually active women and their partners to correctly and consistently use effective birth control.

Learn more about how to increase access to and availability of contraception, including long-acting reversible methods.

We Have to be Prepared


Neurologist Works with CDC to Fight Zika, Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Dr. Daniel Pastula helped the Puerto Rico Department of Health establish a surveillance system for Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS).

Learn more about Dr. Pastula's experience and how he assisted with the Zika response.

Stories from Abroad: Zika's International Impact


Zika Stories

Many people around the world are affected by Zika virus. Click here to read about the personal experiences, concerns, and precautions of those in South America.




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:

Zika Topic of the Week

 October 3 - 7


Learn about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon illness of the nervous system, is strongly associated with Zika.

October 10 - 14


Stop Zika After Your Trip!

Prevent the spread of Zika after international travel.

Because Zika can be spread through sex, returning travelers should use condoms (or other barriers to prevent infection) during sex after travel to areas with Zika. People with pregnant partners should either use condoms or not have sex during the pregnancy.

Couples who are trying to become pregnant should talk to their doctor about their travel plans and see CDC guidance for how long they should wait to get pregnant after travel to an area with Zika.

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Communication Tips: "Asking Instead of Answering"

One-way communication is not engaging. Although telling is easy, asking and listening lead to more effective conversations. As communicators, we can guide people affected by a crisis to adopt positive public health actions that work for them through self-discovery.

Asking questions is a deliberate action. These active exchanges create awareness for communicators and communities, exposing explicit information needs. The key is to help your audience identify its own insight.

  • Ask the right questions.
  • Receive feedback.
  • Offer the right information.

A community that comes up with its own solution will often take ownership of that idea. Crisis communicators can help by asking leading questions that make the right connections. Allowing people to persuade themselves is not an easy process. Done poorly, it can seem condescending or manipulative. It takes practice and empathy, but it is worth the effort and is the most effective way to gain a community’s acceptance in thought and behavior.

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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