This e-mail is being sent as part of a temporary series of messages to deliver Zika-related information during peak mosquito season in Indian Country. 
July 21, 2017
Myth: Mosquitoes only bite during evening hours.

This is a myth and is not correct!

Truth: Some mosquitoes bite at night, but the kinds of mosquitoes that carry Zika bite day and night.

You can learn more about preventing mosquito bites HERE
Zika 101Zika101

Learn the TOP FIVE things everyone should know about Zika  HERE
NIHB Resources
Learn more about Tribal Zika Response and Planning at the NIHB Zika Hub

NIHB main website can be accessed HERE

Have questions? Need assistance? Click here to email NIHB staff 

In This Newsletter
Zika Information

GBSWhat is Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS)?

Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) is a rare sickness of the nervous system. The immune system of a person with GBS can attack its own nerve cells, which leads to muscle weakness and can even lead to paralysis.

Areas with Zika outbreaks have had higher numbers of GBS cases and research suggests that GBS is clearly associated wiht Zika virus. However, most people who get Zika virus will not get GBS. More research about GBS is needed to better understand this condition and its connection with Zika virus. 

Learn more about Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) from the CDC  HERE or from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke  HERE
TravelingTraveling this Summer? What you Need to Know About Zika Before you Hit the Road

Map of Areas with Risk for Zika
Image courtesy of the CDC
Always see CDC website for latest updates

The CDC is working to keep you safe! CDC provides information about Zika risk worldwide. There are travel notices for some parts of the world with known risk of Zika transmission. Some other parts of the world may have a risk of Zika, but no CDC travel notice; the level of risk in these areas is unknown. 

There are different guidelines for travel to different areas, foreign and domestic, available HERE
Zika News
OneFamilyExperienceLife After Zika: One Family's Experience with Zika in the United States

Mother and Child Infected with Zika During Pregnancy
Image courtesy of Kaiser Health News 

Sometimes Zika can seem like a distant problem in the news, but it is affecting real people and families in the United States. Although there are currently no known Tribal cases of Zika virus, many Tribal communities are at risk or may be at risk in the near future. 

Kaiser Health News recently reported the story of Maria Rios, a young woman whose baby, Aryanna, was born with serious health problems as a result of Zika infection during pregnancy. Maria is a dedicated mother, but she is struggling to care for her daughter's special needs. The article states that Zika costs are estimated at more than $4 million over the course of a child's life, and Maria has been unable to work since Aryanna's birth since her daughter needs so much care. Maria is also deeply concerned about Aryanna's health and the uncertainty about what may happen in her future. Read the article and learn about Maria's story at Kaiser Health News  HERE

As of June 27, 88 babies have been born in the US states and DC with Zika-related birth defects. More information about pregnancy outcomes is available from the CDC  HERE
Funding Opportunity
ZikaAwardsTribal Zika Response and Planning Mini Awards

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is pleased to announce a call for applications for a Tribal Zika Response and Planning award. Designed to enhance the capacity of Tribes, this funding will provide awards up to $5,000 to ten (10) Tribes to support efforts to prepare for the possibility of Zika transmission in Tribal communities. Applicants will select one or two (1-2) activities from the list of high impact activities which includes capacity building on topics such as: Zika preparedness planning, vector control, risk communication, partnership building, and stakeholder engagement.
Zika concerns multiple stakeholders within Tribal systems - along with other public health allies from state and local health departments - including emergency management, environmental health, and public health, as well as arenas within healthcare systems such as maternal child health, behavioral health, community health, and primary providers. 

Considering the unique ways that the Zika virus is transmitted, NIHB encourages all tribes to remain vigilant in their Zika preparedness efforts, regardless of geographic proximity to vector range and local transmission. Travel-associated cases bring another avenue for possible local transmission through human to human through blood transfer and sexual transmission, human to baby in utero, and human to mosquito through the bite of a Zika infected person.
The completed application is due by 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, July 28th, 2017. The project period will run from approximately August 11, 2017 through February 28th, 2018. Please note that this is an extension of the previous deadline. 
View the recording of an informational webinar about the funding opportunity HERE
 Webinars, Trainings, Events
TRAINTRAIN Learning Network, Powered by the Public Health Foundation
Ongoing trainings

Looking for more training opportunities? The Public Health Foundation (PFH) is a nonprofit organization working in public health quality and performance. PHF powers TRAIN, a national learning network offering thousands of training opportunities  about public health topics. They currently offer twenty-two (22) Zika training courses in forms such as on demand webcast, archived webcast, and self-study web-based training. The course content and intended audience vary by training opportunity. Some courses are sponsored by PHF and some by other agencies, including CDC. 

View or participate in Zika training opportunities offered through TRAIN  HERE

Learn more about Public Health Foundation  HERE

CDCZikaTrainingCDC Zika Training for Healthcare Providers
Ongoing trainings
Do you work in healthcare? CDC has videos, presentations, saved webinars, and other resources available for viewing. Some resources target obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses, or laboratory staff. If you're a healthcare provider, consider checking out what's available  HERE