Public Health Provider Alert From BCHHS: Updated Guidance on Care of Pregnant Women With Possible Zika Exposure

September 15, 2017

Please see the attached updated guidance on caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure, as well as care of infants with possible congenital Zika virus exposure. For more details, see https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/66/wr/mm6629e1.htm.

In 2016, 103 travel-associated cases of Zika virus disease were reported in NC. So far in 2017 (as of 8/30/17), there have been 7 cases reported in NC.

  •          So far, all reported cases of Zika virus infection in NC have been associated with travel.

Remember that physicians are required to report suspected or confirmed Zika virus infection within 24 hours.

  • Please contact the Communicable Disease Branch at 919-733-3419 or your local health department (828-250-5109 for Buncombe County Communicable Disease; available 24/7) if Zika virus infection is suspected, or if a fetal ultrasound shows abnormalities that are consistent with congenital Zika syndrome and the pregnant patient had potential exposure to Zika virus.

Please note that we do NOT perform Zika virus testing at Buncombe County Health and Human Services.

For further info on Zika for healthcare providers, including guidance on preconception counseling, see https://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/index.html.

This updated memo is posted on the NC DHHS Communicable Disease webpage on Zika:  http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/zika/.

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