Updated - Latest guidance on Zika virus and pregnant women
Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted virus that generally causes mild symptoms, but is associated with microcephaly in infants whose mothers contract Zika virus during pregnancy.
Pregnant women and those who are considering becoming pregnant, are urged to take precautions against mosquito bites if travel to endemic regions cannot be postponed.
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has advised that pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant should avoid travel to south Florida and to countries with the mosquito-borne Zika virus. PHAC is continuing to monitor Zika's spread and has prepared useful background information for health care providers to help identify and treat the illness.
Please see below for links related to the latest guidance on Zika virus. Information in this post will be updated as new information regarding changing evidence and emerging consensus becomes available.
Canadian guidelines for the Zika virus:
- SOGC Infectious Disease Committee - Zika FAQ
- Canadian Recommendations on the Prevention and Treatment of Zika Virus
Further Canadian resources:
- Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada and Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health on the first positive case of sexually transmitted Zika Virus
- PHAC Laboratory Testing Recommendations for Zika Virus
- PHAC Information for Health Professionals
- PHAC Zika Surveillance Data
- PHAC Public Health Notice
- PHAC Travel Health Notice
North American joint statement:
- The BMJ Clinical Review - Zika virus
- The BMJ Practice Pointer - Zika virus: management of infection and risk
- US Food and Drug Administration - Recommendations to reduce the risk of Zika virus transmission by human cells, tissues and cellular and tissue-based products
- Public Health England - Guidance for primary care on Zika virus infection
- Public Health England - Updated travel advice for pregnant women
- Update: Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus — United States, 2016
- Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine statement: "Ultrasound Screening for Fetal Microcephaly Following Zika Virus Exposure"
- ACOG Practice Advisory
- CDC Interim Guidelines for Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus
- Update: CDC Interim Guidelines for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women and Women of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure
- CDC Interim Guidelines for Pregnant Women During a Zika Virus Outbreak
- Interim RCOG/RCM/PHE/HPS clinical guidelines on Zika Virus Infection and Pregnancy - Information for Healthcare Professionals
- Zika virus - an update for clinicians (Public Health England)
- RCOG Interim algorithm for assessing pregnant women with a history of travel to areas with active Zika virus transmission