CDC Updates Zika Virus Guidance for Pregnant Women

August 7, 2017 | Strategic Insights for Ambulatory Care


​Routine Zika virus testing is no longer recommended for asymptomatic pregnant women who have traveled to regions where Zika is transmitted, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pregnant women with possible Zika exposure and symptoms, including fever, headaches, rashes, red eyes, and joint pain, should undergo immediate testing. CDC recommends that providers ask all pregnant women about possible Zika exposure before and during pregnancy at every prenatal visit. CDC's definition of possible Zika virus exposure has not changed and includes travel to or residence in an area with risk for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission or sex with a partner who has traveled to or resides in such an area. More information on Zika virus, including microcephaly and other birth defects associated with the Zika virus, is available on CDC's website.

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