Zika Virus Disease Updated Advisory
Zika virus transmission continues in Latin America, the Caribbean, Oceania/Pacific Islands and Cape Verde in Africa. As of 3/29/2016, two Alameda County residents have been confirmed by laboratory testing to have had travel-associated Zika virus infection. On 3/25/2016, The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced the first confirmed Zika virus case in California acquired through sexual contact with a partner with travel-associated Zika-infection. As of 3/25/16, CDPH began diagnostic Plaque Reduction Neutralization Testing (PRNT) for Zika virus on serology specimens, which no longer require confirmatory testing at CDC.
New information on Zika infection continues to emerge and guidelines for Zika virus testing have been updated. This health advisory summarizes key updates since the last Zika health advisory on 3/11/16 and includes new information and guidance for Zika virus testing in Alameda County.
- Clinical illness is now defined as having one or more of the following signs or symptoms: acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis. (Previously, two or more signs/symptoms were required.)
- The CDC updated its interim guidance for prevention of sexual transmission and preconception counseling recommendations for Zika virus.
- Full Alameda County Public Health Department Advisory
- ACPHD Zika Page
- CDPH Zika Page
- CDC Zika Page
For health care providers:
- New: Preventing Transmission of Zika Virus in Labor and Delivery Settings Through Implementation of Standard Precautions - United States, 2016 (CDC) - 3/25/16
- Updated: Questions and Answers for Healthcare Providers caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure (CDC) - 3/26/16