Zika Virus Outbreak: Update #2

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on March 1, regarding the Zika virus in New Hampshire.

NH Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) draws your attention to the following:

1) Today, the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is announcing the first New Hampshire resident confirmed with Zika virus. The adult female patient contracted the virus after sexual contact with a male who had a compatible illness following travel to a country where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. The patient has fully recovered and is not pregnant.

2) To date, 55 samples from residents across New Hampshire have been sent for testing for the Zika virus. Of the tests that have been completed, this is the first positive in the State.

3) To review current information and recommendations about risks of sexual transmission of Zika, DHHS recommends reviewing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) MMWR: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6505e2er.htm?s_cid=mm6505e2er.htm_w

4) To review testing and prevention recommendations for pregnant and non-pregnant women, we recommend reviewing New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (NH DPHS) HAN: http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/alerts/documents/zika_update1.pdf

5) To review recently updated guidance for testing and monitoring infants and children with possible Zika virus infection, we recommend reviewing the CDC MMWR: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6507e1er.htm?s_cid=mm6507e1er_e

6) Healthcare providers should call the NH DPHS to request testing for Zika virus infection, or with questions. For efficiency and to facilitate appropriate counseling, please do not direct your patients to call NH DPHS directly. NH DPHS’s number is 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

For any questions regarding the contents of this message, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).

Click here for the full DHHS alert.