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The Zika Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Against It

February 4, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

This timely webinar provides important information about the Zika Virus.  A link to the webinar will be sent to those who register prior to February 2.

Primary Target Audience:  Public Health Professionals at all levels of governmental public health and public health agencies.

Summary and Learning Objectives

According to the CDC, “in May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.” Since then, active Zika infections have been identified in Central America and the Caribbean.

Cherie Drenzek, DVM, MS, State Epidemiologist, Georgia Department of Public Health will provide an overview of the Zika virus and its spread, including, what it is, how it’s transmitted and who it affects. Dr. Drenzek will also discuss how to protect against Zika and how health departments can prepare to recognize, manage and report Zika infections and communicate prevention measure to the public.

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how the Zika virus is transmitted
  2. Identify current geographic distribution and possible spread of the virus
  3. Identify the symptoms of a Zika virus infection
  4. Discuss key prevention and protection strategies for Zika virus
  5. Develop communications messages for the public


​Dr. Cherie Drenzek grew up in Detroit, Michigan and received her bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and her Master’s degree in Food Microbiology from Wayne State University in Detroit. She attended Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and received her DVM in 1995; the same year, she entered the Epidemic Intelligence Service program at CDC and was stationed in the Rabies Section. Following EIS, Cherie was employed as an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.

Cherie has been employed at the Georgia Department of Public Health since 1999 and has served in a variety of roles, including infectious disease medical epidemiologist and State Public Health Veterinarian. Cherie served as Director of the Acute Disease Epidemiology Section and Deputy State Epidemiologist since October 2005 and was named State Epidemiologist and Director of the Epidemiology Program on August 1, 2011.