ACOG: updated practice advisory for OB care during a Zika outbreak

  • American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  • International Clinical Digest
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Takeaway

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) continues to advise against travel to areas with a Zika virus outbreak during pregnancy or while planning pregnancy.

Why this matters

  • This Practice Advisory updates a preexisting advisory.
  • ACOG and the CDC continue to advise on an area of evolving care and practice.
  • Resources on reproductive and obstetric (OB) counseling, travel information, prevention, and treatment are available in this document.

Key updates 

  • Pregnant women should avoid travel to areas with active Zika outbreaks because of the potential for major birth defects.
  • Pregnant women and women planning pregnancy should speak to their health care providers prior to travel to areas with a history of Zika outbreak.
  • If travel to these areas is necessary, women and their partners should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.
  • Consult the CDC Zika Travel Information page for information to identify areas at risk and specific travel recommendations.

Study design

  • Literature review and expert commentary.
  • Prior Practice Advisory updated with current travel restrictions.
  • Funding: None disclosed.

Limitations

  • Based on current evidence, guidance may change.

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