Are You Prepared to Stop Zika After Travel? -Special Zika Virus Newsletter

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


October 14, 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 Press Release: CDC working with Florida to respond to new active Zika transmission area in Miami-Dade County

Zika Info On-The-Go: Sign up to receive Zika updates for your destination with CDC's new text messaging service. Text PLAN to 855-255-5606 to subscribe.

CERC Train-the-Trainer Course (11/2/16 - 11/4/16): Email 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

A Path to Global Health Security


Global Health Security Agenda

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and other world leaders met this week in the Netherlands to advance the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). The aim of this agenda is to accelerate progress toward a safe world and to promote global health security as an international priority

Click the image to learn more about GHSA and its importance in the face of threats like Zika!

Triple Testing

CDC Works Rapidly to Develop Unprecedented Zika Test

CDC teams continue important work to support diagnosis of Zika infection as quickly as possible. In addition to the Trioplex, CDC also developed the Zika MAC-ELISA test, which detects antibodies that the body makes to fight a Zika virus infection.

Click the image to learn more about CDC's work in developing a test for Zika!


Community Health Workers: Zika Flipbook

Zika Flipbook

Resources for Community Health Workers

Click the image above to see the Zika Flipbook for Community Health Workers. This flipbook can be used to educate your communities about how Zika is spread, the effects of the virus, what to do if infected, and how to prevent it.

Zika Travel Information

Prevention Kit for Protecting Travelers From Zika

Protect Yourself from Zika while Traveling

Click the image to see how building a Zika Prevention Travel Kit can help you protect yourself from Zika while on the road.

Please note: CDC advises that pregnant women do not travel to areas with Zika. 

Zika Travel Information On-The-Go

Zika travel messaging information

Zika info on-the-go

Traveling soon? Get Zika info on-the-go!

Click the image to learn more and sign up to receive Zika updates for your destination with CDC’s new text messaging service.

Text PLAN to 855-255-5606 to subscribe.

Recently Traveled to an Area with Zika and Thinking about Pregnancy?

Timeframe suggestions for Pregnancy after visiting Zika affected area

Pregnancy after travel to an area with Zika

Decisions about pregnancy planning are personal and complex, and the circumstances for women and their partners will vary. Women and their partners should discuss pregnancy planning with a trusted doctor or healthcare provider. As part of counseling with healthcare providers, some women and their partners living in areas with active Zika virus transmission might decide to delay pregnancy.

Click the image to learn more about the suggested timeframe to wait before trying to get pregnant after traveling to an area with Zika.




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 10 - 14


Stop Zika After Your Trip!

Click the image to see how to prevent the spread of Zika after international travel!

Even if you do not feel sick, you should take steps to prevent mosquito bites for 3 weeks after visiting an area with Zika so that you do not spread Zika to the mosquitoes in your area. 

October 17 - 21

Pregnant woman talking to doctor

Talk to Your Doc About Zika!

Moms-to-be, click the image above to learn when to talk to your doctor about Zika.

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Communication Tips: "Managing Multiple Messengers"

Various stages of crisis bring together many players, agencies, organizations, and partners. Each one is responsible for different components of an emergency. As communicators, it’s important to understand how the roles of other messengers may affect your agency’s message.

Responders may come from federal, state, local, non-governmental, and faith-based organizations. These agencies and groups often have distinct missions, capabilities, and resources. Although their tasks may be unique, they will sometimes overlap with those of your agency.

Understanding the communication roles and responsibilities of different responders can be challenging. Within each agency, separate programs or departments may handle different areas of a crisis, including the following:

  • Planning
  • Preparedness
  • Training
  • On-the-scene assistance
  • Consequence management
  • Coordination
  • Communication

The variety of emergency response agencies can be confusing and overwhelming. However, each brings unique resources and a distinct voice to every response. Including these organizations in your communication plan is key to successfully coordinating response messages.

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.

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