Testing Guidance for Physicians
CDC recommends Zika virus testing for:
- Anyone with possible Zika virus exposure* who has or recently experienced symptoms of Zika (fever, rash, headache, joint pain, conjunctivitis, muscle pain).
- Symptomatic pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure
- Asymptomatic pregnant women with ongoing (live in or frequently travel to an area with risk of Zika) possible Zika virus exposure
- Pregnant women with possible Zika virus exposure who have a fetus with prenatal ultrasound findings consistent with congenital Zika virus infection
Zika testing may be considered (but is no longer routinely recommended) for: Asymptomatic pregnant women with recent possible but no ongoing exposure to Zika virus (i.e., travelers)
Zika virus testing is not recommended for:
- Non-pregnant asymptomatic individuals
- Preconception screening
*Possible exposure includes living in, traveling to, or having unprotected sex with someone who lives in or traveled to an area with risk of Zika.