Find Zika Information on the AMCNO Website

New national guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) call for expanded Zika testing to help healthcare providers more accurately diagnose patients who may have been exposed to the virus.

On July 29, the CDC confirmed the first cases of Zika in Florida. Currently, more than 1,600 cases have been reported in the United States, with most cases associated with foreign travel; the ones in Florida, however, have been acquired locally by mosquitos.

Most notably, the new guidelines call for the testing of anyone who is at risk of exposure. The CDC is also expanding the testing window for pregnant women from 7 days to 14, following the first sign of symptoms. All pregnant women, even those without symptoms of the virus, are being urged to undergo testing if it’s possible they’ve been exposed to Zika. There is currently no vaccine or medication to treat the virus.

Physicians should learn where Zika is a threat. Click here to see a detailed map of the country that shows where cases have been reported so far.

To learn more, click here to see the web page we’ve created specifically for Zika; it contains additional resources.



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