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CDC Health Advisory - Zika Recommendations

At this time the Florida Department of Health and CDC are investigating multiple individual cases of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County but have identified active/ongoing transmission of Zika virus by mosquitos in only two limited areas, in the Wynwood neighborhood and a portion of Miami Beach.  Pregnant women who have traveled to these neighborhoods (Wynwood since June 15th or Miami Beach since July 14th) or who have had unprotected sexual contact with a partner who has traveled there may be tested for Zika virus.  Please note that testing is still NOT recommended for asymptomatic non-pregnant patients, including the partners of pregnant women.  Testing is still recommended for pregnant women who have traveled to other Zika-affected countries or territories, or who have had sexual contact with such travelers. 


This situation is rapidly evolving and OB/prenatal providers should consider 1) frequent checks to the CDC Zika website for updates  2) screening pregnant patients for Zika exposure at their prenatal visits. 


Pregnant women and their partners who are concerned about Zika virus may consider postponing nonessential travel to Miami-Dade County. 

Read the CDC Health Advisory from August 19.


Additional Resources


For detailed information concerning the affected Miami neighborhoods, please click here.


For daily updates concerning the Zika investigation in Florida, click here and then click on the “Department of Health Daily Zika Update” in the lower right side of the page for the most current update, generally posted in the afternoon. 


For instructions regarding the submission of specimens for Zika testing for San Francisco providers, including discussion of appropriate algorithms and time windows for testing, please see the “Instructions for Zika Testing Requests” slide show.  


SFDPH Health Alert concerning Zika 


SFDPH patient education materials concerning Zika. 


If you have questions about the appropriateness of testing for specific patients, contact the Population Health Division of SFDPH at (415) 554-2830. 

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