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Zika Update

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated on October 12, 2016 that 3,936 cases of Zika had been reported in the continental United States and Hawaii. Out of those people, 878 are pregnant women with evidence of a possible Zika infection. The CDC is working with Florida health officials to deal with the Zika epidemic.

The CDC has provided more than $8 million in Zika-specific funding to Florida. They have also sent materials to Florida for 11,025-12,600 Zika antibody tests. In addition, the CDC has sent thirty personnel and laboratory staff to help.

Florida announced that there is a new active Zika area in Miami-Dade County. Through the information, the CDC and Florida health officials provided a set of guidelines for visitors and residents.

  • Pregnant women should not travel to the new active Zika area or the previously identified active Zika areas in Miami-Dade County.
  • Pregnant women and their sexual partners should consider avoiding travel to Miami-Dade County in general.
  • All pregnant women in the United States should be monitored for Zika virus at each prenatal care visit.
  • Pregnant women who have to travel to or live in confirmed Zika areas need to take precautions to prevent bites.
  • Couples who are planning to conceive soon should try to avoid travel to confirmed Zika areas.
  • Women diagnosed with Zika should wait at least 8 weeks before conceiving.
  • Men diagnosed with Zika should wait at least 6 months before trying to conceive.

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