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Zika webinar recording is available

Zika webinar recording is available

To learn more about how the Zika virus spreads, risk factors for transmission and how to keep informed on emerging information and strategies, go to UNOS Connect to view a recording of the Zika virus webinar (April 28, 2016). You will find it in the patient safety section of the course catalog.

After viewing the webinar, you will be able to:

  • Recognize risk factors for Zika transmission
  • Describe guidelines related to the potential for Zika transmission in transplantation
  • Locate resources for up to date information and strategies for the Zika virus

Webinar Summary:
This webinar explores the unique challenges that the Zika virus presents as an emerging disease. Transmission primarily occurs through a mosquito bite, but there are reported cases of sexual transmission, and it is possible that solid organ donation could lead to transmission as well.

It is important for the transplant community to understand that Zika transmission to recipients may be possible if they are transplanted with an infected organ. The Zika virus may pass from donor to recipient, or recipients may become infected after international travel. It is unknown how immunosuppression affects transplant recipients’ health and what role Zika may play in retaining or eroding their healthy status.

Continuing Education Information
ABTC will award 1 CEPTC credit for participation. In order to receive a certificate, you must view the Zika webinar and complete an evaluation and assessment.

There is no cost to view the webinar. After registration you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please make sure your e-mail settings allow for communications from Citrix. Contact your IT department for assistance.

The session will be recorded for those unable to attend the live event. Contact UNOS Instructional Innovations at [email protected] with any questions.

Selected References


OPTN guidance on zika virus: deceased and living donor guidelines

Centers for Disease Control Zika page
See information on several topics:

Zika and pregnancy
Zika and blood transfusion
Information for clinicians
Travel notices
Information for travelers and travel health providers
Nationally notifiable list
Mosquito avoidance
US Food and Drug administration Zika page


World Health Organization Zika fact sheet

Pan American Health Organization Zika pages

Dr. Rabe’s References

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Duffy MR, et al. Zika virus outbreak on Yap Island, Federated States of Micronesia. N Engl J Med 2009; 360:2536–2543.

Foy BD, et al. Probable non-vector-borne transmission of Zika virus, Colorado, USA. Emerg Infect Dis 2011; 17(5):880–882.

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Kusana S, et al. Two cases of Zika fever imported from French Polynesia to Japan, December to January 2013. Euro Surveill 2014; 19(4):20683.

Kwong JC, et al. Case report: Zika virus infection acquired during brief travel to Indonesia. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013; 89(3):516‒517.

Lanciotti RS, et al. Genetic and serologic properties of Zika virus associated with an epidemic, Yap State, Micronesia, 2007. Emerg Infect Dis 2008; 14(8):1232‒1239.

Musso D, et al. Potential for Zika virus transmission through blood transfusion demonstrated during an outbreak in French Polynesia, November 2013 to February 2014. Euro Surveill 2014; 19(14):20761.

Oehler E, et al. Zika virus infection complicated by Guillain-Barre syndrome – case report, French Polynesia, December 2013. Euro Surveill 2014; 19(9):20720.

Tappe D, et al. First case of laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infection imported into Europe, November 2013. Euro Surveill 2014; 19(4):20685.

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