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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

Counseling Patients

For Pregnant Women

Zika virus testing: For pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika within the past two weeks

	What you should know about Zika virus testing: For pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika within the past two weeks fact sheet thumbnail

Supporting Clinician Guide

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

	What you should know about Zika virus testing: For pregnant women who may have been exposed to Zika 2-12 weeks ago fact sheet thumbnail

Supporting Clinician Guide

Zika virus testing: For pregnant women living in an area with Zika

	What you should know about Zika virus testing: For pregnant women in an area with Zika fact sheet thumbnial

Supporting Clinician Guide

A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for me?

A postive Zika virus test. What does it mean for me?

For Nonpregnant Women
A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for me?

	For Women: A postitive Zika virus test.  What does it mean for me? inforgraphic thumbnail

For Men
A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for me?

	For Men: A positive zika virus test Fact Sheet thumbnail

For Parents
A Positive Zika Virus Test: What does it mean for my child?

	CDCs Response to Zika - For Parents: A postive Zika virus test


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Lab Guidance

	Zika Algorithm

Lab Guidance

View detailed guidance for laboratory testing and testing algorithms.

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