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Zika virus : protecting pregnant women and babies
  • Published Date:
    04/04/17
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  • Corporate Authors:
    National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) ; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). Office of the Associate Director for Communications. ;
  • Description:
    Zika virus infection (Zika) during pregnancy can cause damage to the brain, microcephaly, and congenital Zika syndrome, a pattern of conditions in the baby that includes brain abnormalities, eye defects, hearing loss, and limb defects. Pregnant women can protect their babies from these Zika-related health conditions

    by not traveling to areas with Zika. Men and women who live in or travel to an area with Zika can prevent infection by avoiding mosquito bites and using condoms during sex. Healthcare providers can encourage pregnant women to follow CDC’s

    Zika prevention recommendations and help affected babies by providing screening and follow-up care.

    Healthcare providers can:

    • Educate families on Zika prevention: Encourage pregnant women to avoid travel to areas with Zika. Tell women and men how to protect themselves from mosquito bites and from getting Zika through sex.

    • Ask about Zika and provide all needed tests and follow-up care: Guidance is updated as more is learned about Zika so check on current recommendations. Babies with possible Zika should get a comprehensive physical exam, neuroimaging, neurologic exam, newborn hearing screening, and Zika laboratory tests (guidance as of August 2016). https://go.usa.gov/xXq2A

    • Support babies and families: Develop a coordinated care plan for babies affected by Zika, including ongoing support, follow-up care, and linking to your local health department. Help families monitor their babies’ development.

    CS274109-A

    2017-04-vitalsigns.pdf

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