When should I test my patients for Zika virus?

Make sure you and the members of your practice team know the symptoms of Zika virus, and ask your patients about their travel histories. Both pregnant women and other patients who have symptoms of the virus and have traveled to an area with Zika should be tested.

If questions about whether or not to test, contact your site Infectious Disease department.

How can I encourage prevention?

The most effective way you can help ease the effects of a Zika virus outbreak is to educate pregnant women and their partners on how to prevent Zika transmission. The CDC offers educational materials that cover where not to travel, the best ways to prevent mosquito bites and how to prevent sexual transmission of the virus.

A new Vital Signs report gives guidance for protecting against the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne illnesses. These measures can help prevent transmission among your community at large and better protect pregnant women and other vulnerable patients among the community.

We will continue to provide the latest information to our physicians, nurses and other health care workers.