Zika Testing Request
Public health testing for Zika is no longer routinely being done through the Virginia Department of Health Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS). Please read the VDH Testing Algorithm for specific testing eligibility information.
November 2019 updates on Zika and Dengue:
- There is no local current transmission of Zika virus in the United States.
- Dengue virus currently is causing large outbreaks in many areas of the world, with low to no Zika virus transmission being reported globally.
- Given the current global arboviral epidemiological situation, CDC has updated its Zika and dengue testing guidance (see below) for persons living in or with recent travel to areas with active dengue transmission and a risk of Zika (purple area).
- In the event a country reports an outbreak of Zika virus (red area), follow the testing guidance in MMWR: Dengue and Zika virus diagnostic testing for patients with a clinically compatible illness and risk for infection with both viruses.
- For pregnant women with fetal abnormalities detected, testing is recommended: no IgM testing, request PCR (NAAT) for both Dengue and Zika
- For symptomatic pregnant women: no IgM testing, request nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) for both Dengue and Zika.
- For asymptomatic pregnant women living in or with recent travel to areas that had Zika risk (shaded purple on CDC Map): testing not routinely recommended, can consider NAAT for Dengue and Zika if testing can be done within 2 weeks of return to U.S. from areas with a Zika risk.
- For symptomatic non-pregnant persons living in or recent travel to areas that had Zika risk (shaded purple on CDC Map): Zika testing not recommended, instead follow CDC testing guidance for dengue virus.
If you have a patient who meets the testing recommendations, please review this list of Private Labs that offer testing. Your patient will need a prescription from you for the test. You or your patient should check with health insurance regarding coverage of Zika testing costs.
Individuals returning from or considering travel to Zika affected areas play an important role in preventing the spread of Zika virus. Please read the links below for more information to share with your patients. Many of these links contain information sheets from the CDC that you can download and print.
Additional clinician resources include:
- NEW Zika and Dengue Testing Guidance (Updated November 2019)
- General Zika Resources Information for Arlington Residents
- CDC Clinical Evaluation & Disease
- CDC Understanding Test Results
- CDC Clinical Guidance for Healthcare Providers Caring for Pregnant Women
- Areas with Zika
Thank you for your assistance in keeping our County safe and healthy.
Explore our webpage for clinical information about Zika, testing, and reporting.
Call 703-228-5200, option 1 with questions or concerns.