Information for Health Care Professionals about Mosquitoborne Diseases
May 31, 2018: Minnesota Laboratory System (MLS) Update
May 31, 2018: Tickborne Disease Health Alert
MLS: Laboratory testing recommendations for Zika virus infections (PDF)
For couples who may become pregnant:
- Testing for Zika virus is not recommended for pregnancy planning
- Instead, women should wait at least 2 months and men should wait at least 3 months after travel to an affected area before attempting conception
- Update: Interim Guidance for Preconception Counseling and Prevention of Sexual Transmission of Zika Virus for Men with Possible Zika Virus Exposure – United States, August 2018
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): August 7, 2018 / 67 (Early Release).
For couples who are currently pregnant:
- Avoid travel to all areas where Zika virus is a risk. Check the CDC’s website for the most up-to-date information: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information
- Couples should use condoms for the duration of the pregnancy if the male partner has traveled to an affected area within three months prior to conception or at any time during the pregnancy.
- Testing may be recommended for pregnant women with potential Zika virus exposure, regardless of symptoms. Call 651-201-5414 for a clinical consultation.
- Update: Interim Guidance for Health Care Providers Caring for Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure — United States (Including U.S. Territories), July 2017
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): July 28, 2017 / 66(29);781-793.
For infants with possible Zika virus exposure:
- Call 651-201-5414 to discuss options and recommendations for infant testing and clinical care.
- Update: Interim Guidance for the Diagnosis, Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection — United States, October 2017
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Oct. 20, 2017 / 66(41);1089-1099.
West Nile virus and other arboviral diseases
- 2013 West Nile Virus in the United States: Guidelines for Surveillance, Prevention, and Control
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2013.
- West Nile Virus Transmission via Organ Transplantation and Blood Transfusion -- Louisiana, 2008
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Nov. 20, 2009 / 58(45); 1263-1267.
- West Nile Virus Maps and Statistics
- La Crosse Encephalitis Statistics
- Jamestown Canyon Virus Statistics
- Western Equine Encephalitis Statistics
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis Statistics
- Malaria Statistics
- MDH staff also are available to provide clinical consultation regarding
testing and diagnosis of all mosquitoborne diseases. Call 651-201-5414
for a clinical consultation.
- Infectious Disease Reporting
- Reporting Arboviral Disease
Arboviral diseases (including but not limited to La Crosse encephalitis, eastern equine encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, and West Nile virus) must be reported to MDH within one working day.
- Reporting Malaria (Plasmodium spp.)
Information from MDH on reporting malaria. Malaria (Plasmodium spp.) must be reported to MDH within one working day
- Reporting Arboviral Disease
- Annual Summary of Disease Activity, Disease Control Newsletter
The DCN provides a yearly summary of communicable diseases reported in Minnesota.
- Changing Geographic Range of Vectorborne Disease
This article describes the changing epidemiology of vectorborne diseases in Minnesota.
More for Health Professionals
- West Nile Virus Information for Health Professionals
- La Crosse
Encephalitis Information for Health Professionals
- Jamestown Canyon Virus Information for Health Professionals
- Malaria Information for Health Care Professionals
- Vital Signs: Update on Zika Virus–Associated Birth Defects and Evaluation of All U.S. Infants with Congenital Zika Virus Exposure — U.S. Zika Pregnancy Registry, 2016