Zika, already a problem in Puerto Rico, American Samoa, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, should reach the mainland U.S. as seasonal temperatures climb and the mosquito responsible for transmission becomes active.
To date, there have been 273 travel-associated cases of Zika in U.S. States, 19 are in pregnant women and six were sexually transmitted. In the U.S. Territories there are four travel-associated cases, 282 locally-acquired cases, 34 are pregnant women.
According to the New York Times, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary vector of the virus, is common in Florida, along the Gulf Coast, and in Hawaii, “although it has been found as far north as Washington, D.C. in hot weather.” The CDC will address these concerns on April 6th at 1 pm ET with a live, online update.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research created a map predicting the areas of local infection, and cities most likely to see Zika.
CDC Reaches out to HCPs for Zika Update
The CDC will host a complimentary, online session, “A CDC Update for Clinicians on Zika Virus Disease.” Joanne Cono MD, ScM, the Director of Office of Science Quality, Office of the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will review the latest information for health care practitioners (HCPs) to implement in their practices.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
- Identify health effects related to Zika
- Review the latest CDC Zika virus guidelines and recommendations for pregnant women, women of reproductive age, infants, and children
- Clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing and treatment for Zika
- Discuss opportunities for clinicians to support prevention and control of Zia
The CDC describes the need for physicians and other health care practitioners to attend the session.
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes species mosquitoes. Outbreaks of Zika have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas. Because the Aedes species mosquitoes that can spread Zika virus are found throughout the world, it is likely that outbreaks will occur in new countries. Most people infected with Zika virus will not know they have the disease because they will not have symptoms. Join us for this educational activity to learn the latest information about Zika and to gain a better understanding of the role of clinicians in early recognition and reporting of suspected cases.
The CDC will deliver the session jointly with IDCareLive.com, an online educational site dedicated to infectious diseases. In addition, IDCareLive.com will live-tweet the event from @IDCareLive with the hashtag #ZikaChat.
HCPs can sign up for the event at: CDC Zika Update