Massachusetts Medical Society: Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Zika Virus mosquitoZika is a virus, most often spread by mosquitoes, which can cause fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red or pink eyes). In pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus, it is possible for the virus to spread to the baby. There is concern that when this happens, it can sometimes result in a birth defect that causes abnormal brain and head development (microcephaly).

For the latest updates on the Zika outbreak, consult the resources available at following websites:

Additional Resources

    WHO Zika App

    The World Health Organization’s Zika App gathers all of WHO's guidance for agencies and individuals involved in the response to Zika Virus Disease and its suspected complications such as microcephaly, and for health care workers such as doctors, nurses and community health workers. The English version of the app is now available both in Android and iOS versions.

    Zika Travel Information and Advisories

    Travel guidance related to Zika including travel advisories and information for women of reproductive age and other travelers about avoiding bug bites and insect repellent use and safety. View here

    Zika: For Healthcare Providers

    Clinical guidance and information to help providers evaluate and manage suspected cases of Zika virus including information on caring for pregnant women who may have been exposed. View here

    Zika Fact Sheets and Posters

    Informational fact sheets and posters on Zika virus and mosquito prevention for pregnant women, men and travelers. Available in multiple languages. View here

    Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Zika Virus Workshop

    At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held this public workshop on February 16, 2016 to explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Zika virus in the United States. The archive of the workshop is available here.

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