mosquito300The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a summary of Key Zika Considerations that healthcare systems can use in preparation for diagnosing and treating patients who may have contracted the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

The document identifies nine factors that facilities need to pay attention to as they develop processes for managing Zika patients. Such factors range from understanding the clinical manifestation of the virus to following appropriate reporting procedures when cases are identified. In addition, the document lists prevention tips, which healthcare providers can use in educating patients and their families about the disease, including wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants and eliminating sources of standing water where mosquitoes are prone to breed.

Anxious patients can also access clinical experts by calling the CDC’s 24-hour Zika hotline at 770.488.7100, or they can pose pregnancy-related Zika questions by emailing zikamch@cdc.gov.

To download, the CDC’s Key Zika Considerations for Healthcare Settings, click here.