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Zika 101 informational guide for tribes
  • Published Date:
    summer 2018
  • Language:
    English
Filetype[PDF-988.32 KB]


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  • Description:
    The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) is engaged in activities to combat the risks of the Zika virus in Indian Country. The implications that come with possible birth defects from infection are too great of a public health concern to be limited to those most at risk; combatting the Zika virus is a community health endeavor. Preventing and preparing for Zika transmission can protect the health of Native families and communities. This guide is intended to provide basic information and resources about Zika as a starting place for Tribes wanting to learn more and work to address this issue (prevention/response) in their communities.

    Welcome to the National Indian Health Board’s (NIHB) Zika 101 Informational Guide for Tribes! This guide is intended to provide an overview of basic Zika virus (Zika) information to Tribal communities. Throughout NIHB’s Zika project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NIHB has consistently heard feedback that many Tribal communities have requested additional information to help protect their communities from Zika.

    Zika is typically a mild illness in adults and many people who are infected will not have any symptoms or will have only very mild symptoms. Although complications can occur – including a rare nervous system sickness called Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) – the primary concern with Zika virus is that the illness can cause birth defects. When a pregnant woman is infected, it is possible that her baby will be born with serious, lifelong birth defects. Most infections occur through mosquito bites or sexual transmission and a person may not know that he or she has been infected. Because of the potential effect Zika can have on the next generation of children, it is important for Tribal communities to be aware of Zika so that individual people and Tribes can be prepared to take action to prevent Zika and, if necessary, respond to any Zika cases that arise.

    This guide is primarily a compilation of CDC information, resources, and materials available on the general CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/ and also the CDC Zika-specific website: https://www.cdc.gov/zika/index.html. Any Zika information that is not specifically cited was sourced from the CDC. Additionally, information and resources from partners may be included, as well as insights and information gathered from participants of NIHB-hosted events and other NIHB work on the Zika project. This document is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all information or resources available but to help supply basic information about Zika and serve as a starting place for exploring other resources that can be used. Every effort has been taken to ensure that the information included is accurate and up-to-date as of June 2018, but Zika is an emerging disease and some information may change as experts learn more about the virus. Additionally, NIHB cannot take responsibility for the content of websites listed in the resources section. The CDC website will always have accurate and up-to-date national information. None of this information constitutes medical advice – please see a healthcare provider for medical recommendations.

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