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

Page last updated: August 2, 2017