GEORGIA (CLARKSVILLENOW) – The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is deactivating its emergency response for Zika virus to transition efforts to normal program operations on September 29, 2017.
On January 22, 2016, CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the devastating effects of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
Since the 2016 EOC activation for Zika, experts from across the agency have worked to protect Americans, especially pregnant women, fetuses, and infants, from the emerging virus and its devastating consequences. CDC will continue its work to protect these groups by providing support for healthcare providers as they counsel pregnant women affected by Zika and provide follow-up care to their infants.
Deactivation does not mean that the threat of Zika has lessened in importance or that people are no longer at risk of infection, according to the CDC. Zika continues to be a public health threat in the United States and internationally.
Zika is still a risk for pregnant women, and the continental United States and Hawaii will continue to see some travel-related cases as travelers visit countries and territories with risk of Zika transmission. The possibility of local transmission in the continental United States and Hawaii still exists.
As a reminder, CDC recommends travelers to areas with a risk of Zika take steps to prevent Zika by preventing mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika during and after travel. CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women avoid travel to areas with risk of Zika.
For more information on Zika, visit www.cdc.gov/zika.