Pa. DOH Updates Zika Virus Guidance for Evaluation of Pregnant Women and Infants

Last Updated: Jan 16, 2018

On Dec. 18, 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) issued a health advisory with updated guidance for the evaluation and management of pregnant women and infants with possible Zika virus exposure. The advisory was shared with Pennsylvania physicians and others subscribed to receive PA Health Alert Network (PA-HAN) alerts.

The DOH has announced that, beginning January 1, 2018, it does NOT recommend routine Zika virus testing for:

  • Asymptomatic pregnant women with recent possible Zika virus exposure (i.e., through travel or sexual exposure) but without ongoing possible exposure.
  • Infants without clinical findings consistent with Congenital Zika Syndrome born to mothers with possible Zika virus exposure in pregnancy but without laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection.

The advisory also includes Centers for Disease Control and Prevention treatment guidance for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure and for infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.


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