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New Zika Virus Guidelines Issued for Asymptomatic Pregnant Women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week released the attached updated guidelines for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus. For asymptomatic women with possible exposure, particularly those who lived in or traveled to areas with posted CDC Zika travel notices, providers should:

  • Screen for risk of exposure and symptoms of Zika virus, promptly testing if a patient or her sexual partner becomes symptomatic during their pregnancy.
  • Conduct nucleic acid test (NAT) testing at least once per trimester, unless a previous test has been positive.
  • Consider NAT testing of amniocentesis specimens.
  • Counsel pregnant women each trimester on the limitations of testing.

Guidelines for symptomatic pregnant women remain the same.