Public Health Concerns
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, 2016, the CDC confirmed the first cases of Zika transmissions by mosquito in Florida. Prior to that, the virus was associated with foreign travel.
The CDC has created a web page specifically for Zika, which healthcare providers and the general public can use to stay up-to-date on the latest news and information surrounding the epidemic. There is even a section on the website that is available to healthcare providers--it can be viewed here.
Healthcare providers are being asked to report suspected Zika virus disease cases to their state, local, or territorial health department to facilitate diagnosis and mitigate risk of local transmission. Those departments will then report laboratory-confirmed and probable cases to the CDC.
National organizations have also created resource centers on their websites:
- American Medical Association: Zika Virus Resource Center
- American Academy of Family Physicians: Zika Virus Outbreak
- American Public Health Association: Zika Virus