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Zika Lab Testing in Chicago Zika Lab Testing in Chicago

Link to Zika Test Authorization Form for providers: https://www.chicagohan.org/zforms

Testing for Zika virus is available at Public Health Laboratories prioritized at this time for:

1.Pregnant women with or without history of symptoms. Exposure may occur 8 weeks prior to conception, or any time during pregnancy. Exposure includes travel to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission or unprotected sex  (i.e., vaginal, anal, oral sex, and the sharing of sex toys) with a partner who has traveled to an area of  active Zika virus transmission .
2.Men or women with symptom onset (any of: fever, rash, arthralgias, conjunctivitis) within 2 weeks of exposure.
3.Infants with microcephaly or intracranial calcifications born to a woman who was exposed while she was pregnant.
4.Infants born to a mother with a positive or inconclusive test result for Zika virus infection.
5.Infants born to a woman who was exposed while she was pregnant and not previously tested.
6.Individuals with Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS) symptoms ( progressive unexplained symmetric weakness of the arms and legs ) and consistent exposure history.

Link to CDC Zika website:  www.cdc.gov/zika

Zika Disease Information Zika Disease Information

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted primarily by Aedes aegyti mosquitoes.  Aedes aegyti mosquitoes are not endemic to Illinois.

Zika virus infection should be considered in patients with acute onset of fever, maculopapular rash, arthralgia or conjunctivitis, who traveled to areas with active transmission in the two weeks prior to illness onset.  The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.  

Zika infection during pregnancy can cause a birth defect of the brain called microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. Other problems have been detected among fetuses and infants infected with Zika virus before birth, such as defects of the eye, hearing deficits, and impaired growth. There have also been increased reports of Guillain-Barré syndrome, an uncommon sickness of the nervous system, in areas affected by Zika.

Because of possible associations with poor pregnancy outcomes, the CDC recommends that pregnant women in any trimester and women trying to become pregnant consider postponing travel to areas with active Zika transmission.

There is no vaccine to prevent Zika. The best way to prevent diseases spread by mosquitoes is to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites. 

 

Contacting CDPH Contacting CDPH

Contact Us:

During normal business hours, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)*:

*After hours, weekends, and holidays, call 311 and ask for the communicable disease physician on-call (or 312-744-5000 if outside the City of Chicago).