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Zika Virus Alert
For the latest information and updates regarding Zika Virus, please follow the Department of Health Zika Virus updates.
The Florida Department of Health would like to ensure you are aware of a recent Level-2 travel alert (practice enhanced precautions) targeted toward women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant, and who are considering travel to Mexico, Central or South America or the Caribbean including Puerto Rico. This alert was issued due to concerns related to linkages between infection with a mosquito-borne pathogen, Zika virus, and microcephaly in the fetus. We request that you ask your patients about travel history during pregnancy and whether they experienced any associated illness to help determine whether testing for Zika fever is recommended. Below are links to important information that will help you in caring for your patients:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Alert (pdf 35Kb)
- CDC Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak - United States, 2016 MMWR (pdf 354 Kb)
- Zika virus one-pager for clinicians focusing on diagnosis and testing (pdf 63Kb)
- Zika virus one-pager for obstetricians focusing on prevention (pdf 76Kb)
- Mosquito bite prevention information for travelers in English (pdf 1.6Mb)
This is an evolving situation. The Department will provide updates in guidance and recommendations to help keep you well-informed. It is anticipated that there will be additional guidance issued in the near future related to infants with Zika virus infection as well as a national call for clinicians hosted by the CDC's Clinician Outreach and Communication Activity: http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/index.asp. Additional resources you may find useful:
- Current Zika virus information from CDC
- Florida mosquito-borne disease information including weekly surveillance reports
- CDC international travel information and travel notices
- Contact information for county and state DOH
Please share this information with relevant partners. The Department's Bureau of Epidemiology and our county health departments are available to assist you with questions about Zika virus testing protocols and sample submission requests.
|Carina Blackmore, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVPM|
|Deputy State Epidemiologist and Chief|
|Burea of Public Health Laboratories|
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Notice to Licensees About Fraudulent DocumentsThe Florida Department of Health (DOH) is aware that documents purportedly originating from DOH requesting information of a sensitive nature have been received by members of the public. These documents request licensees share information that may be used to commit fraud against a licensee or patient. DOH is committed to protecting the integrity of DOH licensees and consumers. The DOH Office of Inspector General is in contact with the Agency for Health Care Administration and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate fraud perpetrated on our licensees.
Should you receive a document that appears to be from DOH, but you believe may be fraudulent, you may contact your local law enforcement agency or you may contact DOH at 850-488-0595 for instructions on how to proceed. Your cooperation and assistance is vital in protecting the continued integrity of DOH licensees and our consumers.