The interactive clinical algorithm allows healthcare providers to receive recommendations tailored to their pregnant patients with possible Zika exposure. Healthcare providers can answer questions about pregnant patients and, based on the responses, receive information regarding the type of testing indicated as well as clinical management recommendations. It can be used on computers and mobile devices/tablets.
Standard Precautions should be used to protect healthcare personnel from all infectious disease transmission, including Zika virus.
Video: 60 Minutes Interview
Dr. Jon LaPook speaks with NIAID Director, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and CDC Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, about the challenges of fighting Zika virus.
NYU Report: U.S. Public’s Perception of Zika Risk: Awareness, Knowledge, and Receptivity to Public Health Interventions
The public health sector is presently on high alert for evidence of local transmission of the Zika virus in the continental United States as well as infections that have been acquired elsewhere and imported into the U.S. A number of national, state, and local health officials are actively engaged in vector control, surveillance, and diagnostic and communication activities focused on the Zika virus. Even if major outbreaks do not materialize, public health officials are concerned about the possibility of a sharp increase in babies born with congenital birth defects and other neurological deficits linked to Zika viral infections among pregnant women.
This high level of situational awareness and concern within the public health sector, though, is not mirrored among the general public. Although most U.S. residents are generally aware of the virus, their specific knowledge regarding the virus’s symptoms and transmission routes is incomplete, their personal sense of threat of Zika infection is relatively muted, and their receptivity to various public health intervention strategies varies by such factors as their gender, their age, and their political ideology, among other characteristics.
This one-hour, five-minute presentation provides an update on the Zika outbreak, and discusses the science and the medical, public, health, environmental, social, and ethical implications that make this disease an urgent global challenge. Topics include a history of Zika, patterns of mosquito-borne disease transmission, distribution of the aedes aegypti mosquito, and why Zika is spreading now.