Florida’s tourism association Visit Florida has launched a Zika Virus resource webpage (http://www.visitflorida.org/resources/crisis-preparation/zika-virus-information ) in response to growing concerns over the virus being found in a Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood. The webpage includes various resources including how the virus is diagnosed, symptoms, and the latest information from the Center for Disease Control.
The CDC recommends:
• Pregnant women should not travel to the identified area.
• Pregnant women and their partners living in this area should consistently follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika.
• Pregnant women who traveled to this area on or after June 15, 2016, should talk with their health-care provider and should be tested for Zika.
• Pregnant women without symptoms of Zika who live in or frequently travel to this area should be tested for Zika virus infection in the first and second trimesters of pregnancy.
• Male and female sexual partners of pregnant women who live in or who have traveled to this area should consistently and correctly use condoms or other barriers against infection during sex or abstain from sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
• All pregnant women in the United States who live in or travel to an area with active Zika virus transmissions, or who have sex with a partner who lives in or traveled to an area with active Zika virus transmissions without using condoms or other barrier methods to prevent infection, should be assessed for possible Zika virus exposure during each prenatal care visit and tested according to CDC guidance.
• Women and men who traveled to this area should wait at least eight weeks before trying for a pregnancy; men with symptoms of Zika should wait at least six months before trying for a pregnancy.
• Women and men who live in or frequently travel to this area who do not have signs or symptoms consistent with the Zika virus disease and are considering pregnancy should consider the risks associated with Zika virus infection, and may wish to consult their health-care provider to help inform their decisions about timing of pregnancy.
• Anyone with possible exposure to Zika virus and symptoms of Zika should be tested for Zika.