Clinical Practice: ACOG's Response to the Zika Outbreak
ACOG has collaborated extensively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to provide continuous updates and resources to our members regarding Zika virus. There is still much we do not know about the Zika virus and its long-term effects on pregnant women, adults, and infants.
ACOG and the CDC have developed guidance, including a Practice Advisory, and shared many resources to help providers navigate the identification, testing, and counseling surrounding this disease. Several of these resources are available in both English and Spanish, and ACOG’s Practice Advisory will soon be available in Spanish as well.
ACOG developed a Zika virus toolkit, which was mailed to all members and is available online at www.acog.org/zikatoolkit. The toolkit contains several resources to assist providers in their clinical decision making regarding the Zika virus.
These tools include:
- A Zika virus infographic. This Zika virus infographic is available in both English and Spanish for you to hang in your office and help inform patients about the virus.
- A screening form. Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), this form is for providers to use with every pregnant patient at every prenatal visit.
- Video on Zika virus. This patient-friendly video can be viewed by all providers and patients. Share this video, available in English and Spanish, with your staff and patients.
- Websites and resources specific to ob-gyns and their patients. Keep these links by a computer for easy access:
It is important to note that the Zika virus continues to be an area of evolving care and practice. Current recommendations are based on limited data. Resources developed by ACOG, the CDC, and other partner organizations, along with ACOG’s current guidance on Zika virus, can be found on ACOG’s Zika virus webpage and ACOG’s Practice Advisories webpage.
Fellows should check the ACOG website periodically for revisions and updates to the resources and guidance, as well as CDC’s website for additional information. ACOG will continue to communicate important changes and updates to its Zika virus guidance as they become available.