Saturday, February 20, 2016

Upcoming COCA Call On Zika - Clinical Guidance & Recommendations


# 11,041

Although there is still so much we don't know about the effects of the Zika virus, the CDC (along with WHO, ECDC, PHE, etc.) have released a ton of interim guidance documents over the past couple of months outlining what we do know, and procedures for clinicians and others to follow.

At the end of last month the CDC held a COCA Call On Zika Virus - Webcast & Audio Online, to provide clinicians with the latest guidance.

Since then, more has been learned about the virus, and additional guidance has been generated, and so the CDC will hold a new conference call next Thursday. For those unable to attend the live event, a recording will be made available within a few days for later viewing. 

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Date:Thursday, February 25, 2016
Time:2:00 - 3:00 pm (Eastern Time)
Participate by Phone:
  • 888-455-0056 (U.S. Callers)
  • 517-308-9237 (International Callers)
Participate by Webinar:


Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD
Medical Officer
Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Emily Petersen, MD
Medical Officer
Division of Reproductive Health
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


CDC continues to evaluate all available evidence to assess the effect of Zika virus disease during pregnancy and in infants and children with possible Zika virus infection. Updated interim guidelines for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age include a new recommendation to offer serologic testing to asymptomatic pregnant women (women who do not report clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease) who have traveled to areas with ongoing transmission of Zika virus.
Updated guidelines for healthcare providers caring for infants and children with possible Zika infection have been expanded to cover children up to 18 years old, and contain a new recommendation to provide routine care to infants with no abnormal findings on prenatal or postnatal ultrasound, normal physical examination and whose mothers were not previously tested for Zika virus infection. The guideline document contains new recommendations for the care of infants and children with possible acute Zika virus disease.
During this COCA Call, participants will learn why CDC has updated the clinical guidelines and how they can use the guidelines for Zika virus evaluation and testing.