CDC Updates HFA Attendees on Zika Virus
HFA Symposium (Las Vegas, April 2, 2016) – Dr. Mike Soucie of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an update to attendees of the HFA Symposium on Zika virus and fielded questions from the attendees. While Zika is a viral disease transmitted by mosquito bite, Soucie said most people won’t know they have it as they don’t show symptoms; those that show symptoms have mild symptoms lasting for weeks. Transmission can occur additionally by sexual intimacy, transfusion (reported in Brazil only at this point), and from pregnant mothers to their unborn children. Soucie reflected that there are FDA recommendations for blood donations, but at present there is no FDA approved rapid test for blood donors. CDC is currently involved in monitoring cases in the US and coordinating with other governments and health agencies as well as supporting efforts for mosquito control. Updated information can be found at www.cdc.gov/zika.