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Zika Virus Testing

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Also known as: Zika RT-PCR Test; Zika Antibody Test; Zika PRNT
Formal name: Zika IgM ELISA; Real Time RT-PCR; Zika Virus RNA Qualitative Real-Time RT-PCR; Zika Plaque Reduction Neutralization Test

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To diagnose a Zika virus infection

When to Get Tested?

When you develop a fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (pink eye) after traveling to an area where Zika virus is endemic or have symptoms and had sexual contact with someone who recently traveled from an area where Zika is present; if you are pregnant and have traveled to an area where Zika is active, regardless of symptoms; or when a baby is born with microcephaly (small head)

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm and/or a urine sample collected in a clean container; less commonly cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) or amniotic fluid

Test Preparation Needed?

None