Zika virus updates
Updates for the general public
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- Zika virus, one year later, June 1, 2017
- Two new Zika cases in King County residents who had traveled, June 15, 2016
- Zika in King County: What it means and who should be concerned, May 4, 2016
- First Zika case reported in King County, May 4, 2016
- Update from the White House Zika Summit, April 1, 2016
- Zika quarantine? Our expert weighs in, February 8, 2016
If you recently traveled to an area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and are pregnant, have a pregnant partner, or are experiencing illness and have questions about getting tested for Zika virus, talk with your healthcare provider. Make sure your provider knows where you've traveled.
- See a healthcare provider if you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, or red eyes during a trip or within 2 weeks after traveling to a place with Zika, or if you have had sexual contact with someone who has traveled.
- Zika can be sexually transmitted by a man or woman. Anyone who has a pregnant partner and has traveled to an area with active Zika should abstain from sexual activity or consistently and correctly use barrier methods during sex for the duration of the pregnancy.
Zika cases in King County*
- 2016 cases: 25
- 2017 cases: 10
- 2018 cases: 1
*Confirmed and probable travel-associated symptomatic cases in King County by year reported, as of 02/07/2018.
Updates for healthcare professionals
- August 23, 2017
Updated interim guidance for health care providers caring for pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure
- June 15, 2017
Changes in Zika testing availability through the Washington Public Health Laboratory
- October 1, 2016
Updated CDC interim guidance for pre-pregnancy counseling and prevention of sexual transmission of Zika
- September 20, 2016
Updated CDC guidance for travel and testing of pregnant women and women of reproductive age for Zika virus infection related to the ongoing investigation of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in Miami-Dade County, Florida
- August 26, 2016
Updated CDC Guidance for 1) Travel and Testing of Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age for Zika Virus Infection in Response to Expanded Localized Mosquito-borne Zika Virus Transmission in Florida and, 2) Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection
- August 1, 2016
New CDC guidance for travel and testing of pregnant women and women of reproductive age for Zika virus infection in response to localized mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in Florida
- July 29, 2016
Updated Zika guidance including prevention of sexual transmission and recommendations for providers caring for pregnant women
- May 13, 2016
Updated Zika Diagnostic Testing Guidance and Potential for Zika Cases Associated with an International Soccer Tournament in Seattle
- March 29, 2016
Updated guidelines for health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with Zika virus exposure and for prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus
- Feb. 25, 2016
Update on Zika Guidance Including Prevention of Sexual Transmission
- Feb. 5, 2016
Interim guidance for prevention of sexual transmission of Zika virus and updated guidelines for health care providers caring for pregnant women and women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure
- Jan. 27, 2016
Interim guidance for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women during the Zika Virus outbreak
- Jan. 15, 2016
Recognizing, Managing, and Reporting Zika Virus Infections in Travelers Returning from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and Mexico
- Zika MMWR publications
- Assessing Need for Testing, August 14, 2017
- FAQs on updated guidance for health providers caring for pregnant women, August 14, 2017
- Patient Counseling – People Planning to Conceive, July 31, 2017
- Screening Tool, August 9, 2017
- Updated Interim Pregnancy Guidance: Symptomatic Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure, July 24, 2017
- Updated Interim Pregnancy Guidance: Asymptomatic Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure, July 24, 2017
- When to test for Zika Virus, August 3, 2017
Top Zika messages
- Zika infection during pregnancy causes birth defects. Pregnant women should not travel to areas with Zika.
- Zika is primarily spread through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes. Washington state does not have these species of mosquitoes, so currently there is no risk in King County of Zika spreading locally.
- The best way to prevent Zika is to protect against mosquito bites.
- Many people infected with Zika don't even know they have it. People usually don't get sick enough to go to the hospital.
- Pregnant women should talk to their health care provider at every prenatal care visit about their possible Zika virus exposure before and during their current pregnancy.
Facebook Live video featuring Public Health's Dr. Meagan Kay delivering a message to pregnant women about Zika virus.
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