A blood test (gold vacutainer) to test for antibodies to Zika virus which are usually present from about 2 weeks after a Zika infection. Couples planning or trying to conceive should refrain from unprotected intercourse for 6 months if concerned about Zika infection (or reinfection from their partner). Zika virus infection can cause congenital abnormalities such as microcephaly and most people who have a Zika virus infection will not have any symptoms hence laboratory testing should be considered if ZIka infection is a concern.
Zika IgM is usually elevated within 14 days of infection.
Zika virus is found in parts of:
- South and Central America
- the Caribbean
- the Pacific islands
- It’s important to check the risk for the country you’re going to before you travel.
- Find out more about the Zika virus risk in specific countries on the Travel Health Pro website