Zika and Pregnancy

Zika Virus: Information for Providers

Several commercial laboratories are now permitted by New York State to perform Zika virus testing by real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) (see list of commercial laboratories below). Specimens from pregnant women should be sent to NYC’s Public Health Laboratory. DOHMH encourages the use of commercial laboratories for Zika virus testing for non-pregnant patients with uncomplicated clinical illnesses and whose potential Zika virus exposure was related to travel.

In the following situations, specimens should be sent to NYC’s Public Health Laboratory, not a commercial laboratory, because serological testing is not available commercially:

  • All pregnant women
  • Patients with an unusual clinical presentation (e.g., Guillain-Barré Syndrome or other neurologic manifestation)
  • Patients with an unusual potential exposure risk (e.g., sexual transmission, transfusion, or suspected local mosquito transmission)

Instructions for testing through NYC DOHMH+

Pre-approval is required for testing of Zika lab specimens through NYC DOHMH

Call 866-692-3641, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to:

For urgent matters, such as abnormal fetus/infant of an exposed woman, or Guillain-Barré syndrome in an exposed person, call 866-692-3641 at any time.

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Commercial Laboratories that Conduct Zika Virus Testing in New York State+

  • As of July 13 2016, New York State has approved Zika virus testing (RT-PCR only) at the following 3 facilities:
    • Quest Diagnostics (through Focus Diagnostics) (Serum only)
      Test menu and information here
    • LabCorp (Serum, Urine)
      Test menu and information here (Search for “Zika”)
    • Viracor (Serum, Plasma, Urine)
      Test menu and information here
  • If you are a vendor providing this service, please call (646) 941-0997 or email ppapadopoulos@health.nyc.gov to be listed on this website.
  • If testing a pregnant woman for Zika infection, serology must be performed and remains available only at NYC’s Public Health Laboratory and New York State Wadsworth Center.

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Eligibility for Zika Testing+

  • Pregnant women (symptomatic or not) potentially exposed to Zika virus through travel or sex
  • People with Zika-compatible symptoms and exposure to Zika virus
  • Fetus or infant with suspected or confirmed microcephaly or intracranial calcifications (diagnosed prenatally or at birth) whose mother was exposed to Zika virus
  • A person with Guillain-Barré syndrome and exposure to Zika virus

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Travelers' Health Information+

Resources for Patient Education+


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