Preventing ZIka Virus CME
Physicians CME Certificate

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This enduring material has been approved for [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

Original release date: June 19, 2017.  Review date: June 19, 2018. Termination date: June 19, 2018.

Continuing Medical Education Credit(s)

Physicians – to obtain a CME Certificate, read the article, including the toolkit, and click here.

Other Health Care Providers – to obtain a Certificate of Attendance, read the article, including the toolkit, and click here.

Article Summary

Keeping up with Zika has been a challenge for health care providers. The areas affected by Zika outbreaks have expanded and recommendations for diagnosis and management have changed as our understanding of the disease increased and new lab tests became available. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have identified Los Angeles County as one of the U.S. jurisdictions at highest risk for an outbreak. This article will review what can health care providers can do to reduce the threat to individuals and to public health.

Target Audience

The target audience is all primary care health care providers in Los Angeles County.  

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of the article, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of providing culturally sensitive counseling of “bi-national” pregnant women to modify their travel plans in order to prevent the acquisition of Zika.
  2. Indicate the defined time periods that couples wanting to conceive should abstain from sex, or use condoms after either partner travels to an affected area.
  3. Summarize the recommendations to reduce the risk of mosquito bites.
  4. List the current indications for testing for Zika infection.
  5. Discuss strategies to reduce the community risk of a local Zika outbreak.


Benjamin Schwartz, MD, Interim Director

Van Ngo, MPH, Arboviral Surveillance Coordinator

Sadina Reynaldo PHD, Health Education and Outreach Coordinator

Acute Communicable Disease Control Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Accreditation Statement

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health designates this enduring activity for a maximum of [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses receive a Certificate of attendance. This activity is designated for [ 1 ] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. According to the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Continuing Medical Education is acceptable for meeting RN continuing education requirements, as long as the course is Category 1, and has been taken within the appropriate time frames.


No relevant financial relationships were disclosed by the authors or the planners.

This activity is offered by an accredited CMA-CME provider and is not commercially supported.

Contact Information

For questions or further information about this article, please contact: The Los Angeles County Acute Communicable Disease Control Program  213-240-7941 or visit

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