August 9th: Updated Zika Virus Clinical Guidance

This notice is from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Catherine M. Brown, dvm, msc, mph

Deputy State Epidemiologist and State Public Health Veterinarian

To our partners in healthcare and public health-

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has updated its guidance around testing of pregnant women potentially exposed to Zika in response to new information published by CDC. The MDPH recommendations are in-line with CDC guidance and continue to recommend appropriately timed testing for symptomatic pregnant patients. Testing of asymptomatic pregnant patients should be considered and can be requested through commercial laboratories where Zika virus testing is now widely available. There is a continued strong recommendation around complete evaluation of infants born to mothers with potential Zika virus exposure during pregnancy, regardless of the mother’s laboratory testing status. Zika virus laboratory test interpretation remains complex as are questions around timing of conception following potential exposure and recommended duration of condom use to prevent sexual transmission. MDPH epidemiology staff are available 24/7 at 617-983-6800 to assist with interpretation and decision-making as needed.

 

Attached please find the updated guidance which will also be available shortly  on our website at www.mass.gov/zika.