How does your doctor or other healthcare provider determine if you have contracted Zika?

Your healthcare provider will consider if your symptoms are what would be expected for Zika as well as whether you’ve traveled from an area with active spread of Zika disease. If these are likely, then your doctor will contact DOH to request and coordinate testing of your blood. Your blood may need to be drawn at a certified clinical laboratory if not at the healthcare facility.

If it is within 7 days from the start of your symptoms (onset), they will test for the virus. If it is greater than 7 days from the start of your symptoms, they will test for antibodies.

If you have traveled to a place where Zika has been reported within the past three weeks and you become ill, please inform your healthcare provider where you have traveled.