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:
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.
Commercial Laboratories that Conduct Zika Virus Testing in New York State+
Eligibility for Zika Testing+
DOHMH Clinical Guidance+
Zika in Pregnancy+
Travelers' Health Information+
Resources for Patient Education+
Call 311 to order copies of the Pregnancy Travel Warning poster, available in all translated languages.