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New guidelines for testing of Zika virus


The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance for health care professionals on the testing of pregnant women who may have been exposed to the Zika virus. The new guidelines consider the decline in new Zika virus cases in areas previously impacted by Zika and the increased likelihood of false positive test results among women who were exposed to the virus but never developed symptoms. The CDC’s new guidelines include:

As of Tuesday, July 25, 2017, a total of 1,805 patients have been tested for Zika virus in Connecticut. Of those, 118 patients, including eight pregnant women have tested positive for Zika virus. An additional 61 patients, including 47 pregnant women, have tested positive for Flavivirus, a related class of viruses that include Zika, dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile virus. Of the 179 total Zika or Flavivirus positive patients, the majority contracted the virus while in Puerto Rico (47), the Dominican Republic (38), Jamaica (17), Guatemala (11) and Haiti (10).