New Zika virus chapter updates CCDM

Date: May 11 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: David Fouse, 202-777-2501 

New Zika virus chapter updates ‘Control of Communicable Diseases Manual’

‘CCDM’ now available as online subscription, in addition to print, mobile and Web


Washington, D.C., May 11, 2016 — A new chapter on the Zika virus updates the latest edition of the “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual,” or “CCDM,” the leading sourcebook on identifying and controlling infectious disease.

Available exclusively in a new online edition, the chapter identifies clinical features of the virus, including signs and symptoms of Zika virus infection and possible complications such as rare neurological effects and congenital birth defects. The chapter provides information about disease diagnosis, range of occurrence, incubation period, risk groups and modes of transmission such as via mosquito vector, intrauterine transmission and sexual transmission, among other documented routes. The text also includes guidance on preventing the spread of Zika, management of the patient and patient contacts, and reporting requirements.

“The emergence of the Zika virus is among the most troubling developments of the early 21st century,” said David Heymann, MD, global infectious disease expert and editor of “CCDM,” which is published by APHA Press from the American Public Health Association. “We have taken great measures to develop expert guidance based on the latest science to help public health professionals and affected communities prepare for and respond to this threat.”

The Zika chapter updates the venerable reference book, which now contains key information about the occurrence, transmission and control of more than 130 infectious diseases globally. While the full manual is available in print and for mobile and Web, the Zika virus chapter is only available as part of the online subscription.

“As mosquito season looms in the northern hemisphere, this key update to ‘CCDM’ couldn’t be more timely,” said Georges C. Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA and editorial board member of “CCDM.” “This new standalone Zika chapter puts the latest knowledge at the fingertips of the people who are on the frontlines of controlling disease.”

The online subscription provides access to full text of chapters with links to references and resources. Digital subscribers have access to new and revised chapters as they become available; up to one-third of the book will be updated each year. An image and video bank will soon be added along with other dynamic content. Digital subscriptions are available for individuals and institutions.

The Zika chapter was written for “CCDM” by Fernando Bozza, MD, PhD, of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, known as FIOCRUZ; and Ernesto T. Marques Jr., MD, PhD, of the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Book ordering information: Published by APHA Press, “Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition,” ISBN: 978-0-87553-018-5, softcover, 786 pages, 2015. List price: $60, plus shipping and handling (APHA member price: $42). To order, call toll-free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; email or visit The new Zika chapter and subscriptions are available from the online platform.

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