The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that there is now enough evidence to conclude that the Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects and has been linked to problems in infants, including eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. There have been NO locally acquired mosquito-borne cases reported in the US, but the CDC recommends the following for pregnant women in areas without Zika:
If families would like to speak to someone about a possible Zika virus infection or diagnosis during pregnancy and risk to the baby, please contact MotherToBaby
experts are available to answer questions in English or Spanish by phone, text or chat. This free and confidential service is availableMonday
from 8am – 5pm
local time. To reach MotherToBaby
- Call 1-866-626-6847
- Text questions to 855-999-3525 (standard text messaging rates may apply)
- Chat live or send an email through the MotherToBaby website.
Additionally, be sure to visit the Arizona Department of Health’s Zika website for continually updated information. You can also email or call ADHS at (602) 364-3676 with questions or concerns.
Finally, a special workshop on Zika Virus will be featured at the 2016 Strong Families AZ Home Visiting Conference. Register Now!