Have You Talked To Your Doctor? Special Zika Virus Newsletter

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Emergency Partners Newsletter


October 21, 2016

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



New HAN: CDC Updates Guidance for Pregnant Women and Women and Men of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection Related to the Ongoing Investigation of Local Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida

New MMWR: Notes from the Field: Outbreak of Zika Virus Disease — American Samoa, 2016

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

Updated Travel Guidance: Advice for people living in or traveling to South Florida

Updated Guidance: Congenital Zika Infection: Assessment and Follow up of Infant Hearing

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.

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.

Zika Cases Reported in the United States

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Updated Zika Case Count Maps

Click the image to see an updated case count map of laboratory-confirmed Zika disease cases reported to ArboNet as of October 19, 2016.

Huffington Post: What Returning Travelers Need To Know About Zika


Returning From a Trip?

CDC's Director of Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, CAPT Martin Cetron, gives advice to returning travelers on what they need to know about Zika. Click the image to learn more about the serious consequences of Zika, keys to prevention, and your vital role in fighting the spread of Zika.

Video: Measuring Infant Head Circumference

Video about measuring baby head cirumference

An Instructional Video For Healthcare Providers

Measuring head circumference is a primary way to determine the presence of microcephaly, which is important during this Zika outbreak. It is intended to help clinicians evaluate babies born to mothers infected with Zika virus.

Click the image to see the demonstration on how to measure the head circumference of an infant.

What To Do If You Live In Or Travel To An Area With Zika

Map of areas affected by Zika

Do you know if you need to be tested for Zika?

If you live in an area with Zika, or if you or your sexual partner travel to an area with Zika, follow the steps below to protect your pregnancy.

Click the image to learn if and when you need to be tested for Zika.

Pregnant Women with Any Laboratory Evidence of Possible Zika Virus Infection

updated Zika case count numbers  for pregnant women

Reports to the Pregnancy Surveillance System

These numbers reflect the number of pregnancies with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection that have been reported to the pregnancy surveillance systems. This information will help healthcare providers as they counsel pregnant women affected by Zika and is essential for planning at the federal, state, and local levels for clinical, public health, and other services needed to support pregnant women and families affected by Zika.

Click the image to learn more about the report numbers and how they are updated.

Doctor's Visit Checklist

Doctor's Visit Checklist

A Checklist For Your Visit With Your Doctor

If you are pregnant and have traveled to an area with Zika during your pregnancy or up to 8 weeks before becoming pregnant, you should talk to your healthcare provider, even if you don’t feel sick.

Click the image to learn more about what to discuss during your visit with your doctor.




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 17 - 21

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Talk to Your Doc About Zika!

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

 October 24 - 28

mosquito and a calendar

Mosquito Season Isn’t Over

Mosquitoes can remain active during the fall & into winter. Click the image to learn how to protect yourself!

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Communication Tips: "Local Response and Recovery"

All disasters are local. People must first rely on local community resources. Well-integrated local communication networks are critical to creating resilient communities.

Crises happen at a specific place. True first responders will be members of the community, including neighbors, friends, and family. Local assets will be the first deployed. This means the first emergency messages must also be developed at the local level.

Local responders take responsibility for emergencies largely because of proximity—they are simply closest to a crisis. However, they are also uniquely positioned to speak to the needs of affected communities. Local communicators are likely to understand the traditions, values, and history of their audiences.  As members of the community themselves, local communicators are apt to share the same information they want to protect themselves and their families.

Local communication plans that incorporate Crisis and Emergency Risk Communication (CERC) principles can help communities reduce risks, respond more effectively, and recover more quickly.

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.

Online Resources

Infographic about protecting kids from Zika in Puerto Rico

Social Media Partner Resources

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