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Zika Virus – FAQ

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is a mild febrile illness caused by a mosquito-borne virus similar to those that cause dengue and West Nile virus infection. It has been identified in several countries in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean since 2015. Outbreaks have previously been reported in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Local transmission has been reported in Puerto Rico and now in Florida.

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Dr. Patricia Chen is Moving her Practice


Dr. Patricia Chen will be leaving Women’s Health Partners on May 7th, 2016. Her new practice will now be located at the following address:

2500 N. Military Trail (Suite 111)
Boca Raton, Florida, 33431
Tel: 561-826-3800
Fax: 561-826-3744

If you decide to continue with Dr. Chen at her new practice, you may call the above number directly for your next appointment. Your medical records will be made available. Please let us know in advance so that we can expedite your transfer by calling our medical records extension in our office (561-368-3775, ext. 231).  You may also pick up your records with 48 hours’ notice. Any outstanding charges from care before May 7th are due and payable to Women’s Health Partners, after that date, billing will be done by her new office.

If you are continuing at Women’s Health Partners you may make your next appointment with the Physician or Midwife of your choice.

We would like to make this transition as smooth as possible. Should you experience any problems, please call our Boca Office (561-368-3775, ext. 282) and let us know how we can help you.

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In the U.S., nearly 9 million families are headed by a single mother. Their median family income is $23,000. With the median gross rent for a modest, 2-bedroom apartment in Palm Beach County exceeding $1200 and rental burden in South Florida ranking the 3rd highest in the country, low-income families are very often forced to accept substandard housing conditions in order to make ends meet. As a result, educational goals, family dynamics and community engagement suffer.


Mosquito Bite Protection (Zika Virus Prevention)


Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease (Zika) are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

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Women’s Health Partners and ‘Stand Down House’, helping struggling veterans


Women’s Health Partners collected and donated over 40 pairs of shoes to the Stand Down House.

Stand Down House helps veterans who are struggling due to mental / physical wounds & illness, addictions, homelessness and/or other issues regain their lives through a multi tiered program, transitional living, & collaborative efforts.




Pregnant Women Advised to Consider Postponing Travel to Areas where Zika Virus Transmission is Ongoing


Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus which has been previously reported in parts of Africa, Asia, and islands of the Pacific Ocean. During the current outbreak in Brazil, Zika virus RNA has been identified in tissues from several infants with microcephaly (abnormal brain development) and from fetal losses in women infected during pregnancy.

Until more is known and out of an abundance of caution, pregnant women should consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing. Pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant who do travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctors or other healthcare providers first and strictly follow steps to avoid mosquito bites during the trip.

CDC has issued an official health advisory and travel alert (Level 2-Practice Enhanced Precautions) for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This list is being updated frequently and further spread to other countries in the region is likely. Please check the Pan American Health Organization website for an up to date list.

For additional details, visit CDC’s health advisory and travel alert pages.


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