The Zika Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Against It (On-demand webinar)

2 modules

Course Length
90 mins

Region IV Public Health Training Center

13 Oct 2021



Note: This is a recording of a webinar held on February 4, 2016.

Training Overview

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.

The course contains two modules: a content module and a resources and evaluation module. After accessing both modules, learners will earn a certificate of completion. When the certificate is available, learners will see a Certificate button on their dashboard.

This recording is approximately 90 minutes. There are no prerequisites. Participants will need a broadband internet connection (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred browsers) and computer speakers. For technical support, please contact

About the Trainer

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.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31680, Public Health Training Centers for $4,348,992. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.


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

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


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate of Completion for Online Module

The Zika Virus: What It Is and How to Protect Against It (On-demand webinar)
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