Locally transmitted ZIKA case in Texas! Are we ready?

“Officials in Texas reported what they believe is a case of mosquito transmission of the virus within the state’s border, the first within the continental United States this year. If correct, it would be the first known instance of local mosquito transmission within the continental United States this year.” (A) This past April – “The

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“Houston Braces for Another Brush With the Peril of Zika” *. But they are doing passive not active surveillance. IS YOU AREA’S HEALTH CARE SYSTEM PREPARED FOR A SURGE OF AN EMERGING VIRUS LIKE ZIKA?

“With 4.5 million people in a hot, muggy metropolis built atop a bayou, America’s fourth-largest city, Houston, is a perfect target for the mosquito-borne Zika virus. But it may be better prepared than any other urban center to stop an outbreak. The city last year increased its mosquito-control budget by 33 percent. Officials are testing

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Study Findings: Five percent of pregnant women with a confirmed Zika infection.. went on to have a baby with a related birth defect

DOCTOR tracked ZIKA last year and proposed the designation of REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS. It seems that when it was an isolated mainland event in south Florida, public concern disappeared and public health authorities breathed a sigh of relief. Even though we now know that more ZIKA outbreaks are likely and that the consequences

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EBOLA is back in Africa. Is ZIKA next? Are we prepared?

Lesson Learned from recent EBOLA and ZIKA episodes. We need to designate REGIONAL EMERGING VIRUSES REFERRAL CENTERS (REVRCs). 1. There should not be an automatic default to just designating Ebola Centers as REVRCs although there is likely to be significant overlap. 2. REVRCs should be academic medical centers with respected, comprehensive infectious disease diagnostic/ treatment

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All pregnant women with Zika diagnosed at community hospitals must be referred to academic medical centers for prenatal care!

Most pregnant women with Zika will eventually wind up at academic medical centers for prenatal care and delivery by a perinatologist, with newborn care provided by a comprehensive team of pediatrician sub-specialists including neonatologists and pediatric neurologists. The earlier during the pregnancy the better! Here’s why…..  Highlights from August’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinating Council Kevin Chason,

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