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Understanding Zika Virus Test Results

Reporting Test Results

When CDC performs testing, results will typically be sent to the state or local health department within 3 weeks after specimen receipt. Reporting times for test results may be longer during summer months or when arbovirus activity increases. Turnaround time on tissue specimens will vary, depending on testing volume and type of testing required.

  • CDC sends all test results to the appropriate state or local health department.
  • State or local health departments report test results to doctors.
  • Doctors report test results to patients.

Interpreting Test Results

Patient Materials

Pregnant Women

Zika Virus Testing: For pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika within the past 2 weeks

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Pregnant Women Exposed to or with Symptom Onset within the Past 2 Weeks

Zika Virus Testing: For pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika 2-12 weeks ago

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Pregnant Women Exposed to or with Symptom Onset 2-12 Weeks Ago

Zika Virus Testing: For pregnant women living in an area with Zika

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Pregnant Women Living in Areas with Active Zika Virus Transmission


EUA Patient Fact Sheets


Lab Guidance

Zika Algorithm

Lab Guidance

View detailed guidance for laboratory testing and testing algorithms.

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