Zika, a mosquitoborne viral infection, is the most recent of four arboviruses (arthropodborne viral diseases) that have spread to the Western Hemisphere in the last 20 years. It follows the dengue virus, which became re-established in the 1990s after the failure of mosquito eradication programs; the West Nile virus that emerged in 1999; and chikungunya in 2013. Zika virus has been identified as a cause of congenital microcephaly, a potentially devastating birth defect in which babies are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains. The virus has also been linked to an increase in Guillain-Barrré syndrome, myelitis, and meningoencephalitis. This CE program will inform and heighten awareness of nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, lab professionals, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers about the emergence of Zika virus both in the U.S. and internationally.
The goal of this Zika virus continuing education program is to inform nurses, advanced practice nurses, physicians, lab professionals, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers about the emergence of Zika virus both in the U.S. and internationally. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Identify the signs and symptoms of Zika virus infection
- Discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for pregnant women and testing of infants with possible congenital infection with Zika virus
- List the prevention measures for mosquitoborne illness
- Describe how the interprofessional team can collaborate to promote improved outcomes and prevent Zika virus infection
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, dietitians, EMTs and paramedics, health educators, lab professionals, pharmacists, physicians, respiratory therapists, and social workers.
EMTs and paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
OnCourse Learning is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE), formerly known as Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS).
CEH Number and Category: 1.0 Basic
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Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.
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