Zika Curriculum

Zika Virus and Birth Defects Online Module

This eLearning course was made possible through support provided by the Bureau for Global Health, U.S. Agency for International Development, under the terms of an Interagency Agreement with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Unit 1: Introduction to Birth Defects

This lesson will discuss some of the major birth defects epidemics and their outcomes in public health. This lesson should take approximately 25 minutes.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Define birth defects and recognize some factors that can cause them.
  2. Recall some important birth defects epidemics and some conditions.
  3. Realize some outcomes and the impact of birth defects in public health.

This lesson will provide an overview of the Zika virus outbreak and will introduce you to birth defects surveillance. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the recent Zika epidemic and its role in birth defects.
  2. Recognize the importance of a standardized case definition.
  3. Describe the main goals of a surveillance program and the importance of standardized notification processes.
  4. List the factors that strengthen a surveillance system.

This lesson will discuss Zika virus response planning. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify a response strategy for a Zika outbreak.
  2. Recognize your responsibilities as a healthcare provider and take action from your workplace.

 

Unit 2: Lessons Learned from the Zika Outbreak 2015-2016

This lesson will provide a basic overview of Zika virus disease and what you can share with the community. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe Zika virus disease to your community.
  2. List the symptoms of Zika virus disease.
  3. Discuss the main consequences of Zika virus disease in pregnant women with your community.
  4. Explain to the public how to prevent Zika transmission.

This lesson will provide an overview of Zika virus disease communications with policy makers. It will discuss policies, policy makers, and how to best communicate with policy makers. Lastly, the lesson will guide you with some specifics on what you should tell policy makers about Zika. This lesson should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe policies and their importance in public health.
  2. Identify policy makers in your community.
  3. Describe strategies to deliver effective messages to policy makers.

 

Unit 3: Zika - Case Definitions and Diagnostics Guidelines

This lesson has been designed to provide an advanced overview about the Zika Outbreak. Additionally, it will provide definitions, basic concepts, practical clinical approaches, and interpretations of the available laboratory tests for Zika virus. This material has been updated with new guidelines released on 24th July 2017. This lesson should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the causalities of Zika virus
  2. Classify testing results as related to case definitions
  3. Recall updated clinical case definitions
  4. Differentiate between CSTE and PAHO/WHO case definitions

This lesson has been designed to provide an overview regarding Zika virus diagnostics and new guidelines released on July 2017. It should take approximately 35 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the main diagnostic strategies in Zika testing
  2. Interpret basic laboratory results
  3. Recall when to request specific laboratory testing 

 

Unit 4: Microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome

This lesson has been designed to provide an advanced overview regarding microcephaly and other central nervous systems defects caused by Zika virus. It should take approximately 35 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the correct use of head circumference measurements and compare with appropriate charts
  2. Describe causes and consequences of microcephaly
  3. Differentiate the main classifications of microcephaly 

This lesson has been designed to provide an advanced overview regarding microcephaly and other central nervous systems defects caused by Zika virus. Updated guidance for infants born to mothers with possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during October 19, 2017, are included.It should take approximately 35 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe symptoms of Congenital Zika Syndrome
  2. Distinguish structural anomalies related to Congenital Zika Syndrome
  3. Review Congenital Zika Syndrome clinical management
  4. Describe updated recommendations regarding clinical follow-up of affected infants.

 

Unit 5: Microcephaly and Congenital Zika Syndrome Clinical Cases

This lesson has been designed to provide an overview on primary prevention for Zika virus focusing on pregnant women living and traveling in risk areas. It should take approximately 25 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify general primary prevention strategies for pregnant women
  2. Review recommendations for pregnant women who live and/or travel in risk areas
  3. Identify updated tools that can be used in clinical practice 

This lesson will provide a guidance on patient management focusing on pregnant women that present symptoms or are diagnosed with Zika as a result of exposure to the virus and her fetus is diagnosed with microcephaly. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify general care and treatment strategies for pregnant women that have been exposed and diagnosed with Zika virus.
  2. Review additional testing to detect microcephaly in fetus of pregnant women who have been exposed and/or diagnosed with Zika.

This lesson will provide guidance on patient management concerning newborns diagnosed with microcephaly. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify general care and management strategies for pregnant newborns that present microcephaly and CZS.
  2. Review updated guidelines for the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection.

 

Unit 6: Use of Data for Public Health Purposes

This lesson will introduce you to health data and how this data is used by healthcare providers, health departments, and policy makers. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Identify sources of information for health data.
  2. Review a healthcare provider’s treatment decision process.
  3. Recognize the public health surveillance system components.

This lesson will give you an insight on presenting relevant data to policy makers. It should take approximately 20 minutes to complete this lesson.

After this lesson, you will be able to:

  1. Differentiate different types of data
  2. Identify various formats of presenting data to policy makers
  3. Recognize and identify graphical presentations features that help audiences understand to enhance a data presentation