As you probably know Zika is already causing problems in an area outside of Miami, FL. CDC has taken the unusual step of issuing a travel warning there.
Accurate clinician and patient information in the U.S. will become more critical, and your advice to others could save lives as the disease spreads.
Some of the best evidence on what to teach is from CDC. These experts have reviewed the best available literature and developed these clear evidence-based clinical guidelines to
prevent sexual transmission of Zika. Such evidence-based guidelines are considered very STRONG evidence--some of the strongest out there!! (For more see: “I like my “I like my coffee (and my evidence) strong!”)
Note that I point out, as do they, that these guidelines are based on the best available evidence which continues to evolve. (It wasn’t that long ago when experts denied that Zika could be sexually transmitted. Now we know better.)
Scientific evidence is not static. It is dynamic and ever evolving. This is not a problem with science, but is part of its very nature–that of discovery.
“Why this matters: Clinicians should continue to educate all patients about ZIKV sexual transmission risk, to conduct testing for all persons with possible sexual exposure, and to report all cases of ZIKV to local health authorities” (CDC, 2016).
Critical thinking: How might you use this information at work or with the broader public?
For more information: Check out CDC Zika Virus webpage