Zika and Pregnancy

Zika Virus: Information for Providers

Several commercial laboratories are now permitted by New York State to perform Zika virus testing (see list of commercial laboratories below).

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:

  • All pregnant women, regardless of symptoms
  • Fetus or infant with suspected microcephaly or other neurologic abnormality whose mother may have been exposed to Zika
  • 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 for patients New York State+

New York State has approved Zika virus testing at the following 3 facilities:

  • LabCorp
    • As of 8/24/16, the only commercial facility offering comprehensive Zika testing (both rRT-PCR and serology)
    • NY State approved to conduct: rRT-PCR on serum and urine; IgM assay on serum
    • Test menu and information here (Search for “Zika”)
  • Quest Diagnostics (through Focus Diagnostics)
    • NY State approved to conduct: rRT-PCR on serum
    • Test menu and information here (Search for “Zika”)
  • ViraCor
    • NY State approved to conduct: rRT-PCR on serum, plasma and urine
    • Test menu and information here (Search for “Zika”)

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, send specimens to NYC's Public Health Laboratory, not a commercial laboratory.

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General Updates+

DOHMH Zika Presentation for Providers+

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Zika in Pregnancy+

Travelers' Health Information+

Resources for Patient Education+


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