Zika Pregnancy Registry

Johnna Horn, RN
Nurse Coordinator for the Zika Surveillance Program
Phone: (334) 206-9467
On Call Number: (334) 303-3575

Zika virus is primarily spread to people through the bite of a mosquito. The virus can be spread from mother to child, through sexual contact, and through blood transfusions. Symptoms can include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes. Most people infected with the virus have mild or no symptoms. However, infection during pregnancy can cause congenital microcephaly and other brain defects. Zika virus has also been linked to other adverse pregnancy outcomes, including miscarriage and stillbirth. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Fact Sheets

Currently, there is no vaccine or treatment for the Zika virus. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should not travel to areas with known Zika virus infections. Pregnant women who must travel to an area with Zika virus should follow strict steps to prevent mosquito bites during their travel. Pregnant women with a sex partner who has traveled to or lives in an area with Zika virus should abstain from sex or use condoms every time to prevent infection for the duration of the pregnancy. Healthcare providers should ask pregnant women at every prenatal care visit about the possibility of Zika virus exposure and test according to CDC guidelines.

Zika virus continues to spread worldwide, and is currently in 50 countries and territories. The World Health Organization declared Zika virus a public health emergency of international concern in February 2016. The CDC made Zika virus a reportable disease in May 2016, and began collaborating with state health departments to establish surveillance systems to monitor pregnant women and infants affected by Zika virus infection. Thus, the Alabama Zika Pregnancy Registry was established.

The Zika Pregnancy Registry collects information about pregnancy and birth outcomes among pregnant women with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection. The information collected through the registry will provide additional, more comprehensive information to complement notifiable disease case reporting and 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.

The Alabama Department of Public Health encourages participation in the Zika Pregnancy Registry.

CDC maintains a 24/7 consultation service for healthcare providers caring for pregnant women. To contact the service, call 770-488-7100 or email ZIKAMCH@cdc.gov.

For information related to Zika and pregnancy visit the CDC Zika website.

Zika Basic Facts

Zika: The Basics of the Virus and How to Protect Against It
Zika and Sex: Information for Pregnant Women Living in Areas with Risk of Zika
El Zika y Las Relaciones Sexuales: Informacion Para Mujeres Embarazadas Que Viven en Areas Con Zika


Protect Your Family
Proteja a su familia
Mosquito Bite Prevention
(United States)
Prevencion de las picaduras de mosquitos (Estados Unidos)
Protect Yourself From Mosquito Bites
Protejase de las picaduras de mosquitos
Protect Against Mosquito Bites
Como Protegerse de las picaduras de mosquitos
Protect Yourself From Getting Zika From Sex

Pregnant Women and Partners

Pregnant and Worried About Zika?
For Pregnant Women: What does a positive Zika virus test mean for me?
Pregnant and living in an area with Zika?
For Parents: A Positive Zika Virus Test for Children
Thinking About Having a Baby? Warning: Zika is Linked to Birth Defe
Zika and Sex: For men who have pregnant partners in areas with Zika
For Men: A Positive Zika Virus Test
Counseling Travelers
Zika Test Result Card
Counseling Travelers

Healthcare Providers

Key Zika Considerations for Healthcare Settings
Preconception Counseling
Orientacion Antes de la Concepcion
Zika Screening Tool for Pregnant Women

Herramienta para la evaluacion del Zika en mujeres embarazadas
Zika Virus Testing for Pregnant Women Not Living in an Area with Zika
Doctor's Visit Checklist: For Pregnant Women Living in an Area with Zika
Updated Interim Pregnancy Guidance

Initial Evaluation and Outpatient Management Algorithm
Doctor's Visit Checklist: For Pregnant Women Who Traveled to an Area with Zika
Zika Virus: Collection and Submission of Placental and Fetal Tissues for Zika Virus Testing
Zika Virus: Collection and Submission of Specimens for Zika Virus Testing at time of Birth
Virus del Zika: Recoleccion y envio de especimenes para las pruebas del virus del Zika al momento del parto
Assessment of Infant Hearing
Measuring Head Circumference
Interim Guidance Evaluation and testing of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection
US Zika Pregnancy Registry Health Departments: How to Participate
US Zika Pregnancy Registry Pediatric Healthcare Providers: How to Participate
US Zika Pregnancy Registry Obstetric Healthcare Providers: How to Participate
US Zika Pregnancy Registry What Parents Need to Know

Page last updated: June 26, 2018