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R. Phillips Heine, MD, Develops ACOG/SMFM Practice Advisory on Zika

Monday, September 18, 2017

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal-Medicine (SMFM) have issued an updated Practice Advisory for care of obstetric patients and assessment of Zika virus.

This Practice Advisory was developed by ACOG and the SMFM in collaboration with Laura E. Riley, MD, and R. Phillips Heine, MD.

“Obstetric providers should continue to assess pregnant patients’ risk status for potential Zika virus exposure and council them to avoid travel to at risk areas. However, due to decreasing Zika prevalence, and potential issues with false positive IgM testing, it is no longer recommended that pregnant women with exposure, but with no symptoms of disease, be screened with IgM serology,” stated Dr. Heine, who played a significant role in creation of this new guideline.

The full Practice Advisory, and updated information as of September 13, 2017, can be found by clicking this link: Practice Advisory Interim Guidance for Care of Obstetric Patients During a Zika Virus Outbreak.