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Updated Zika Guidance from the Florida Department of Health

Friday, February 12, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Diane Berg
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Dear Colleagues,

The Florida Department of Health has updated the Zika fever information for clinicians and obstetricians. Our goal is to keep Florida's practitioners well-informed as this situation evolves.

Updates include:

  • notification of immediate reporting requirements as well as reference to mandatory reporting of patient health status
  • reference to possible links between Zika virus infection and Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
  • recommendations for male travelers with pregnant partners to prevent sexual transmission of Zika virus
  • addition of a requirement to report poor fetal outcome after the first trimester of pregnancy suspected to be due to Zika virus infection
  • all pregnant women, including asymptomatic pregnant women, with potential exposure to Zika virus while traveling now meet Zika virus testing criteria

The following links may also be helpful, updated Zika fever Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) for pregnant women potentially exposed to Zika virus: and the MMWR related to Zika virus and sexual transmission:


Best Regards,

Carina Blackmore, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVPM
Deputy State Epidemiologist and Chief
Bureau of Public Health Laboratories Chief