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CDC Provides Zika Virus Screening Tool for Pregnant Women

Posted January 5, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a screening tool in response to the Zika virus for pregnant women. The screening can be administered by a nurse, check-in receptionist or other health care providers and can be assessed through the following link: cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/zikapreg_screeningtool.pdf

According to the CDC, all pregnant women should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure at each prenatal care visit. A possible exposure that indicates a test includes one or more of the following:

  • The patient lives in an area with the active transmission.
  • The patient traveled to an area with active transmission.
  • The patient had sex (vaginal, anal or oral sex) without a condom or the sharing of sex toys with a person who traveled to or lives in an area with Zika.

To identify areas with active Zika transmission visit the CDC’s website at cdc.gov/zika/geo/index.html.

If you are caring for pregnant women who possibly have had an exposure to the Zika virus, the CDC has offered an additional website –- cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6529e1.htm?s_cid=mm6529e1_e –- to help guide you in testing and the interpretation of the results.

This material is for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Health care providers are instructed to exercise their own independent medical judgment based upon all available information and the patient’s condition at the time of treatment.