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CDC Establishes U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry

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Demonstrating the concern for pregnant women and the need to follow women who are pregnant who have been exposed to the Zika virus and better understand the virus, CDC has established a U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry. A Zika virus infection during pregnancy has been linked to adverse outcomes including pregnancy loss and microcephaly, absent or poorly developed brain structures, defects of the eye and impaired growth in fetuses and infants. Despite these observations, very little is known about the risks of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. Information about the timing, absolute risk, and spectrum of outcomes associated with Zika virus infection during pregnancy is needed to direct public health action related to Zika virus and guide testing, evaluation, and management.

To understand more about Zika virus infection, CDC has established the US Zika Pregnancy Registry and is collaborating with state, tribal, local, and territorial health departments to collect information about Zika virus infection during pregnancy and congenital Zika virus infection. The data collected through this registry will be used to update recommendations for clinical care, to plan for services for pregnant women and families affected by Zika virus, and to improve prevention of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.

Using the link below you can also access two printed materials: one for healthcare providers and the other for pregnant women.

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/hc-providers/registry.html

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