What is Zika?
What are the symptoms of Zika?
Infection with Zika virus is usually mild. In most cases, there are no symptoms. If someone is going to have symptoms, they usually start between 2-7 days after exposure.
- The most common symptoms are:
- Fever Pink or red rash with small bumps (maculopapular rash)
- Joint pain
- Conjunctivitis (“pink eye,” inflammation or infection of the eye)
Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, pain behind the eyes, and vomiting. Symptoms typically last several days to a week.
Who should get this test?
Testing should be performed when you have symptoms of Zika virus infection and because you live in or have traveled recently to a place where Zika virus infection is known to occur, and/or because you have another possible exposure to Zika virus (e.g., sexual transmission). You should discuss with your health care provider the benefits and risks of testing for Zika.
CDC and several state and local health departments are testing for Zika virus. Different diagnostic tests are available to help determine if a person is infected with Zika virus disease. Healthcare providers should contact their state or local health department to facilitate testing.
No FDA-cleared or approved tests exist that can tell whether you definitively have the Zika virus infection. The FDA has issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for several diagnostic tools for Zika virus, including the Trioplex Real-Time RT-PCR (rRT-PCR) assay and the Zika MAC-ELISA, which are being distributed to qualified laboratories.
How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?
No preparation or fasting required. Just bring your LabFinder Order and Insurance Card to your appointment.
When will I receive my results?
Once completed, you will receive your results within 4-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.