CDC Resources to Protect People from Zika this Summer

CDC works to protect the public, especially pregnant women and their fetuses, from the Zika virus. Please feel free to share widely the below information with your networks in an effort to help ensure people have the tools to protect themselves against Zika this summer. Below, you will find resources and guidance CDC is sharing for protecting pregnant women and families; preventing mosquito bites; and traveling safely.Protecting Pregnant Women and Families

  • CDC’s website provides the latest recommendations on testing for pregnant women.
  • Zika Care Connect  was recently launched and connects pregnant women, parents, and caregivers of infants and families affected by Zika to the specialized care they need. Zika Care Connect currently operates in 10 areas throughout the U.S. and territories.
    • Families can visit or call the HelpLine toll-free at 1-844-677-0447 to connect with professionals who can answer their questions and help find the right healthcare specialists.
  • CDC’s Dr. Margaret Honein authored a blog that provides information on how pregnant women can help protect themselves from Zika and highlights the importance of following the health of babies who may have been infected with Zika virus.

Preventing Mosquito Bites

  • Families can prevent Zika and other mosquito-borne diseases by avoiding mosquito bites.
  • The mosquitoes that spread Zika virus bite mostly during the day, but they can also bite at night.
  • CDC offers tips to prevent mosquito bites, such as using an EPA-registered insect repellent, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and controlling mosquitoes inside and outside of the home by removing standing water and using screens on windows and doors.

Traveling Safely

  • CDC issues guidance for people living in or traveling to areas with risk of Zika.
    • CDC designates areas in the continental United States and Hawaii as red or yellow (cautionary) based on the level of risk of mosquito-borne Zika transmission. CDC advises pregnant women not to travel to red areas and to consider postponing travel to yellow cautionary areas.
    • CDC issues travel notices (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to international areas where Zika virus is spreading.
  • CDC released new guidance  for health departments and healthcare providers caring for people with exposure to areas where the Zika cautionary designation has been lifted.

Resources for State, Local, and Tribal Health Departments Working to Prevent Zika

  • CDC’s Zika Interim Response Plan provides state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in the U.S. and U.S. territories with resources and guidance for responding to Zikacases.
    • The plan helps public health officials protect pregnant women and their infants and is based on currently available knowledge.
    • An updated plan was released on May 5, 2017. CDC incorporates feedback from state and local health partners when making revisions.
  • CDC’s Dr. Ann Powers and Dr. Stephen Waterman outline the increasing threat from mosquito-borne diseases in the article A decade of arboviral activity-Lessons learned from the trenches.
    • The article shows that, in the past ten years, the U.S. and its territories experienced outbreaks of previously little known diseases like chikungunya virus and Zika virus. Increased travel and increased trade will continue to spread mosquito-borne pathogens, making them some of the most significant public health concerns.


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