NACHC has been closely monitoring developments with the Zika virus. Public health authorities and some individual health centers are reportedly fielding numerous queries from the public and media about the Zika virus and the threat it poses in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) no local mosquito-borne Zika virus disease cases have been reported in the U.S., but there have been travel-associated cases. It is expected that the number of Zika cases among travelers visiting or returning to the U.S. will likely increase. To help health centers prepare and get the most up-to-date information possible, NACHC will host a TeleForum on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 12N-1P EST. Representatives from CDC and health centers will share plans and resources. Dial in: 1-877-229-8493; Use code 15035 to connect.
Some health centers are also beginning to take action. Legacy Community Health Services, with numerous site locations across southeast Texas, is offering clinical screenings for the virus for pregnant patients, according to a news release. Several cases of travel-associated Zika have been diagnosed in Texas.
We will continue to keep you posted as developments continue.