Public Health Update from BCHHS: Zika Pregnancy Registry Provider Memo

June 21, 2016

As part of the response to Zika virus infection, CDC has created the Zika Pregnancy Registry to ensure complete and accurate case reporting and to develop more comprehensive information on the effects of Zika infections during pregnancy.
The North Carolina Division of Public Health is currently working with CDC to enroll all pregnant women with positive or indeterminate Zika virus test results in the Pregnancy Registry. 
•         NC DPH staff will contact the medical providers of these pregnant women and their infants to request completion of case report forms about the mother and child. 
           o   Providers will be contacted once during each trimester of pregnancy, at delivery, and after                     the infants’ routine health exams at 2, 6 and 12 months of age.
Please see the attached memo for more information about the NC Zika Pregnancy Registry. 
Remember that physicians are required to report suspected or confirmed Zika virus and that approval is required for submission of specimens to the State Lab of Public Health. 
        Please contact the Communicable Disease Branch at 919-733-3419 or your local health department (828-250-5109 for Buncombe County Disease Control; available 24/7) if Zika virus infection is suspected.
Jennifer Mullendore, MD, MSPH
Medical Director
Buncombe County Health and Human Services
Office:  (828) 250-6308
Mobile:  (828) 989-6145