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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 asymptomatic pregnant women with ongoing exposure to Zika

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Asymptomatic Pregnant Women with Ongoing Exposure to Zika

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Pregnant Women with Symptoms of Zika

Pregnant Women with a Positive Zika Test

Pretesting Counseling Guide for Asymptomatic Pregnant Women without Ongoing Exposure to Zika

Non-pregnant Women

Men

Parents

Parents of a Child with a Positive Zika Test