You Can Use:Topics:Public Health:Zika<p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" src="/PublishingImages/Topic%20Pages/ZikaPennsylvania.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;" />Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes.</p><p>The first confirmed case came in Brazil in May 2015, but it made news in the U.S. with reported cases in January 2016.</p><p>PAMED will work with the state Department of Health to keep physicians and the public informed about Pennsylvania's preparedness for this virus.  </p> Zika Virus Testing Guidance Distributed by Pa. Department of Health<p>​On Sept. 12, 2016, the Pennsylvania Department of Health released revised Zika virus testing guidelines.<br></p> Pennsylvania Zika Virus Response Plan Announced by Governor<p>​<span><span>On May 12, 2016, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf announced the commonwealth's new Zika virus response plan.<br></span></span></p> Issues Advisory with Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus<p>The CDC issued an “Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus” health advisory on Feb. 23, 2016. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health (DOH) forwarded CDC’s alert to Pennsylvania physicians subscribed to receive its PA Health Network (PA-HAN) alerts. ​</p>

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