Zika Virus Outbreak Update #5

NH DPHS logoThe NH DHHS issued a health alert on August 22, regarding a new area of local transmission in Florida.

Key Points and Recommendations:

  • The Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that Zika is spreading locally by mosquitos in two areas of Miami-Dade County, Florida (the Wynwood neighborhood and Miami Beach). Please review the attached CDC HAN for updated guidance.
  • Routine updates for the situation in Florida, including maps of at-risk areas, can be found at:
    http://www.cdc.gov/zika/intheus/florida-update.html
    http://www.floridahealth.gov/newsroom/2016/08/081916-zika-update.html
  • Pregnant women should not travel to these areas.
  • Pregnant women and their partners living in or traveling to these areas should follow steps to prevent mosquito bites:
    http://www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/prevent-mosquito-bites.html
  • Women and men who live in or traveled to the Wynwood neighborhood after June 15, 2016, or Miami Beach after July 14, 2016, and who have a pregnant sex partner, should use condoms or other barriers to prevent infection every time they have sex or not have sex during the pregnancy.
  • Pregnant women and their partners who are concerned about being exposed to Zika may want to consider postponing nonessential travel to all parts of Miami-Dade County.
  • Pregnant women with possible Zika exposure either through travel or unprotected sex with a partner that traveled should be tested for Zika.
  • To test patients for Zika, healthcare providers must call and confirm the testing indication with the NH Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). Clinical specimens sent to the PHL without approval may be rejected. NH DPHS's number is 603.271.4496 (after hours 603.271.5300).

Read the Full DHHS Alert