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Webinar Announced: What New York State Physicians Need to Know About Zika Virus

January 31, 2016

Webinar: What New York State Physicians Need to Know About Zika Virus 
Date: Monday, February 1, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM (Eastern Time) 

Presenters: 
Howard A. Zucker, M.D., J.D., Commissioner
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH)

Jill Taylor, PhD. Director
Director, NYSDOH's Wadsworth Center Laboratories

Overview:
Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. Nine New York State (NYS) residents have recently been diagnosed with Zika virus. In 2015, the first local Zika virus transmission in the Americas was reported in Brazil and local transmission has occurred in several countries or territories in the Americas. In the current outbreak in Brazil, a marked increase in the number of infants born with microcephaly has been reported and Zika virus infections have been confirmed in some infants with microcephaly. However, it is not known how many of the microcephaly cases are associated with Zika virus infection. Because New York is a large international travel hub, NYS physicians may have to evaluate patients, including pregnant women, who have returned from areas with Zika virus activity. And once warmer weather arrives, infected returning travelers may lead to locally-acquired infections in NYS.  

During this webinar, NYS providers will learn about:

  • The epidemiology and clinical manifestations of Zika virus disease

  • How early recognition and reporting of suspected cases can mitigate the risk of local transmission in the State

  • NYS-specific recommendations for testing potentially exposed pregnant women

  • How to access testing at Wadsworth Center and what tests are available to providers

  • Interpretation of testing results

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