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Interim Guidance for Care of Women with Zika Virus Exposure

MMWR; ePub 2016 Mar 25; Petersen, Polen, et al

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated its interim guidance for US health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure to include recommendations on counseling women and men with possible Zika virus exposure who are interested in conceiving. Recommendations include:

• Women who have Zika virus disease should wait at least 6 months after symptom onset to attempt conception.

• Women and men with possible exposure to Zika virus but without clinical illness consistent with Zika virus disease should wait at least 8 weeks after exposure to attempt conception.

Counseling recommendations include:

• Assess risk of Zika virus exposure.

• Discuss Zika virus infection in pregnancy.

• Explore reproductive life plan.

• Discuss risks/benefits of pregnancy at this time with the woman and her partner.

Citation: Petersen EE, Polen KN, Meaney-Delman D, et al. Update: Interim guidance for health care providers caring for women of reproductive age with possible Zika virus exposure—United States, 2016. [Published online ahead of print March 25, 2016]. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6512e2er.