This activity is intended for healthcare providers delivering care to women and their families.
After completing this activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Summarize the key points relating to Zika exposure, prevention and fetal transmission
2. Recall where to find the most current public health recommendations and resources regarding Zika virus
Estimated time to complete activity: 0.25 hours
Susan J. Gross, MD, FRCSC, FACOG, FACMG
President and CEO, The ObG Project
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The PIM planners and others have nothing to disclose. The OBG Project planners and others have nothing to disclose.
Faculty: Susan J. Gross, MD, receives consulting fees from Cradle Genomics, and has financial interest in The ObG Project, Inc.
Planners and Managers: The PIM planners and managers, Trace Hutchison, PharmD, Samantha Mattiucci, PharmD, CHCP, Judi Smelker-Mitchek, MBA, MSN, RN, and Jan Schultz, MSN, RN, CHCP have nothing to disclose.
Fees for participating and receiving CME credit for this activity are as posted on The ObG Project website. During the period from Dec 31 2017 through Jan 25 2023, participants must read the learning objectives and faculty disclosures and study the educational activity.
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For Pharmacists: Upon successfully completing the test with a score of 100% and the activity evaluation form, transcript information will be sent to the NABP CPE Monitor Service within 4 weeks.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and The ObG Project. Postgraduate Institute for Medicine is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 0.2 contact hours.
Healthcare providers should report suspected Zika virus disease cases to their state, local, or territorial health department, who will report to the CDC. The ACOG Committee Opinion (August 2019 | Endorsed by SMFM) has updated recommendations, including guidance on prevention that are aligned with CDC.
Zika virus can be transmitted via mosquito bite or more infrequently, through sexual (vaginal, anal or oral) contact, with blood transfusion now also reported. When counseling women, especially those of reproductive age, there are key points to review relating to exposure, prevention and fetal transmission:
Prevent exposure to infected mosquitoes (Aedes species) if traveling to areas where Zika virus has been reported
Use appropriate barrier contraception if not planning pregnancy or already pregnant
Delay attempting desired pregnancy for the following length of time, if diagnosed or exposed to Zika virus
While first reported in Africa decades ago, the initial reported case of Zika virus disease in South America was in 2015. The CDC maintains world maps (open access) to identify active areas. 20% of those infected will be symptomatic. Incubation period has been reported to be between 3 to 14 days. Zika virus became an international health emergency due to the risk of severe birth defects, in particular microcephaly, through maternal transmission.
These countries have a potential risk of Zika, but we do not have accurate information on the current level of risk
As a result, detection and reporting of new outbreaks may be delayed
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