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June 5, 2017 5:00 pm

Comment Deadline: CDC Zika virus persistence in body fluids of patients with Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico (ZIPER Study)

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to seek a one-year OMB approval to extend information collection covered under OMB Control Number 0920-1140, expiration date 10/31/2017.

The Zika PERsistence (ZIPER) study will help inform the presence and duration of Zika virus (ZIKV) shedding in several body fluids among RT-PCR-positive ZIKV cases from Puerto Rico. It will also provide information regarding the duration of detection of anti-ZIKV Immunoglobulin M (IgM) antibodies and the time for development of Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies among the same population. In addition, this study will determine the prevalence of anti-ZIKV IgM and IgG, and virus shedding in body fluids among household contacts of ZIKV cases.

This notice invites comment on Zika virus persistence in body fluids of patients with Zika virus infection in Puerto Rico (ZIPER Study) to fill gaps in the scientific knowledge base for ZIKV regarding the persistence and transmissibility of ZIKV in body fluids. This information assist ongoing public health response activities, as well as advance the scientific understanding of ZIKV illness and transmission.

Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology; and (e) estimates of capital or start-up costs and costs of operation, maintenance, and purchase of services to provide information. Burden means the total time, effort, or financial resources expended by persons to generate, maintain, retain, disclose or provide information to or for a Federal agency. This includes the time needed to review instructions; to develop, acquire, install and utilize technology and systems for the purpose of collecting, validating and verifying information, processing and maintaining information, and disclosing and providing information; to train personnel and to be able to respond to a collection of information, to search data sources, to complete and review the collection of information; and to transmit or otherwise disclose the information.

More information is available via the Federal Register notice.