August 30, 2016

Virginia State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP distributed a fourth clinician notice on the Zika virus and the latest guidance information released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Three things to note from the guidance include: 

  • Recommendations for the prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus now include the possibility of sexual transmission from an infected woman.
  • Changes to laboratory testing recommendations for pregnant women were made, including rRT-PCR testing within 2 weeks of onset and the importance of collecting both serum and urine from pregnant women; for newborn infants, testing infant blood, not just cord blood is recommended.
  • VDH strongly recommends that providers caring for pregnant women pursue Zika virus laboratory testing through public health.

Please click here to view the full notice, which includes the latest information on the Zika virus. 

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) just established a Zika Statewide Task Force in response to the Zika threat. Click here to learn more about this task force and the work they are doing to advise the state health commission on health care issues related to the Zika threat and to share information with the clinician community statewide.

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