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Zika Virus Medical Alert

August 8, 2016—The Zika virus continues to be a major healthcare concern. As of August 2, the Florida Department of Health has reported 14 confirmed Zika infections from mosquitoes in Southern Florida, and the number continues to grow.

Healthcare providers are encouraged to report suspected cases to their state or local health departments to facilitate diagnosis and mitigate the risk of local transmission. State or local health departments are encouraged to report laboratory-confirmed cases to the CDC through ArboNET, the national surveillance system for arboviral disease. Additional information can be found on the CDC’s Zika Virus page.

Medical professionals should check with their state-specific department of health to verify the most recent reporting requirements.


The guidelines suggested here are not rules, do not constitute legal advice, and do not ensure a successful outcome. The ultimate decision regarding the appropriateness of any treatment must be made by each healthcare provider in light of all circumstances prevailing in the individual situation and in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction in which the care is rendered.

J10673 8/16


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