DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware state officials will begin distributing Zika prevention kits to pregnant women.
Public health officials will deliver kits containing condoms, mosquito repellent and thermometers to clinics certified to serve families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children.
Pregnant women seeking services through the program will receive a kit after completing a questionnaire regarding travel history and pregnancy status.
Director of Delaware's Division of Public Health Dr. Karyl Rattay says that officials are working closely with many partners to inform the public about reducing the potential of local transmission.
"We are taking an 'all hands on deck approach' and working closely with many partners to get the word out and reduce the potential of local transmission," Rattay said.
The announcement comes after Gov. Jack Markell declared Monday Zika Awareness Day to provide information about Zika prevention.
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Zika, and many other mosquito-borne illnesses are considered "mandatory reports" to DPH, meaning that health care providers are required to report individual cases with known or suspected Zika virus infection to state medical authorities. This includes anyone with known or suspected Zika, but reporting is especially important in the cases of pregnant women, as well as newborns and infants born to women with known or suspected Zika infection.
To learn more about Zika mandatory reporting and how to authorize medical testing, call the DPH Office of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at (302) 744-4990 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.