Jun 28, 2016

Florida DOH Confirms State's First Zika-Related Case of Microcephaly


By on 12:58 PM

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) confirmed the first Zika virus-related case of microcephaly in a child born in Florida.

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby's head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly. This could contribute to a wide range of problems, including developmental delay, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, hearing loss and vision problems.

The mother of the child with microcephaly isa citizen of Haiti who had a travel-related case of Zika. She came to Florida to deliver her baby.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has taken the Zika threat very seriously. In February, he directed the state surgeon general to issue a declaration of public health emergency for the counties of residents with travel-associated cases of Zika and activate a Zika virus information hotline for current Florida residents and visitors, as well as anyone planning on traveling to Florida in the near future.

Just last week, Scott announced he would use his emergency executive authority to allocate more than $26 million in state funds for Zika preparedness, prevention and response in Florida.

Florida has been monitoring pregnant women with evidence of Zika regardless of symptoms since January. The total number of pregnant women who have been monitored is 40, with 10 having met the previous Centers for Disease Control and Prevention case definition.
 

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC

Phenelle Segal, RN, CIC, FAPIC, is the founder and president of Infection Control Consulting Services LLC (ICCS), which is based in Delray Beach, Florida. Phenelle has more than 30 years experience providing customized comprehensive infection control and prevention services to healthcare facilities nationwide. Her services focus on assisting hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, dental office and oral surgery practices, doctor's offices, nursing homes to implement and maintain an infection control program that: complies with The Joint Commission (TJC), Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) and other regulatory agencies, respond to situations of noncompliance, and improve the processes for reducing risk.

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