Zika Virus Outbreak Update #3

The NH DHHS issued a health alert on March 30, with a third update on the Zika virus outbreak.

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

Key Points and Recommendations

Clinicians should remain aware of multiple new guidelines and resources regarding Zika virus.

CDC has now published timeframes regarding preventing sexual transmission from a male partner to a female partner:

  • Couples who include a man who has been diagnosed with Zika or had symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 6 months after symptoms begin.
  • Couples who include a man who traveled to an area with Zika but did not develop symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sex for at least 8 weeks after their return.
  • Couples who include a man who lives in an area with Zika but has not developed symptoms of Zika should consider using condoms or not having sex while there is Zika in the area.

Non-pregnant women who traveled to an area with Zika are now recommended to avoid pregnancy for at least 8 weeks after their return.

Additional details regarding timeframes for preventing sexual transmission are available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/transmission/sexual-transmission.html.

Other guidelines, publications and resources are available at http://www.cdc.gov/zika/resources/index.html.

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).

Click here for the full DHHS alert.