Zika information on the national AAP Website CLICK HERE
CDC Pregnancy Registry Information
To understand more about Zika virus infection during pregnancy and congenital Zika virus infections, CDC has established the US Zika Pregnancy Registry. Data collected through surveillance efforts here in Virginia will help guide recommendations for clinical care and testing, prevention guidelines, and service delivery for pregnant women and children affected by Zika virus.
Report cases of infants with laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection to your Local Health Department .
The local health department will work with health care providers to collect information on these patients at periodic intervals throughout the baby’s first year of life.
If an infant has been diagnosed with a birth defect, such as those associated with Zika virus exposure, these infants and their families may be eligible to receive care coordination and child development services through the Virginia Department of Health’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) programs. These programs include Care Connection for Children: 126.96.36.199/livewell/programs/ccc and Child Development Services: 188.8.131.52/livewell/programs/cds.
CDC Confirms that Prenatal Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly and other Fetal Brain Anomalies
Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC authors describe a rigorous weighing of evidence using established scientific criteria. You can access a copy of the full article here: Zika Virus and Birth Defects- Reviewing the Evidence for Causality Rasmussen SA, Jamieson DJ, Honein MA, Petersen LR. Zika Virus and Birth Defects – Reviewing the Evidence for Causality. N Engl J Med. 2016 May 19.
VDH Zika webpage CLICK HERE