The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department has launched the only Zika virus hotline in Michigan to assist expectant mothers with a history of travel to Zika affected regions and their health care providers, obtain virus testing. This hotline is designed to aid pregnant patients and their providers with determining short-term and long-term testing and follow up care.
According to the Center for Disease Control, there have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with the Zika virus while pregnant. Pregnant women with a history of travel to Zika affected regions and health care providers with a patient suspected of Zika exposure are invited to call the hotline.
The nurse-managed hotline is available: Monday thru Friday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The DMC Zika Virus Hotline is accessible by calling 1-888-DMC-3370.