Can You Have Zika And Not Know It?

How long does Zika stay in your system?

Yes.

There are both serum and urine tests for Zika.

Urine is typically positive for up to 14 days after symptom onset, while the virus can be detected in the serum beyond that time.

Check with your local health department or the CDC for more up-to-date information..

What does a Zika bite look like?

The rash associated with the Zika virus is a combination of flat blotches (macules) and raised tiny reddish bumps (papules). The technical name for the rash is “maculopapular.” It’s often itchy. The Zika virus is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito.

How much does Zika testing cost?

Using Push Health, you can easily request a Zika Virus Antibody IgM test from a licensed medical provider, get tested at a lab near you, and get results electronically. The total fees are $374.05 and include the lab order, lab fees and an electronic copy of the results.

What happens if you test positive for Zika?

If you test positive for Zika RNA, it means that you may have recently been infected with Zika. If you test negative, no Zika RNA was detected. A negative test may mean that you have never been infected with Zika. However, it may also mean that you had Zika, but the virus is no longer in your body.

Can Zika affect any stage of pregnancy?

Zika infection any time in pregnancy increases the chance of birth defects and other problems related to CZS. Based on limited research, it is possible that infection early in pregnancy could have the greatest risk for the baby, but infection is still a risk even in the second and third trimesters.

How accurate is Zika testing?

Limitations of Zika Testing No test is 100% accurate. A test result can sometimes be negative in the setting of true infection, and the results could be falsely reassuring.

How soon can Zika be detected?

A test called a RT-PCR will check for the virus in your blood and urine if it has been 2 weeks or less since you may have been exposed to Zika. If it has been 2-12 weeks after a possible exposure, we can test to see if your body produced IgM antibodies to the virus.

Can you check for Zika virus?

Your doctor can take a blood sample and have it tested for the virus (if early on in the illness) and for antibodies against Zika virus. A second blood test taken two weeks later may be required to confirm a recent infection.

Is there a test for Zika before getting pregnant?

CDC’s Zika virus testing recommendations for nonpregnant women and men are available on the Zika and Testing webpage. CDC recommends women and men diagnosed with Zika or who have possible exposure to Zika through sex or travel wait before trying to conceive.

Should I get tested for Zika after travel?

Upon your return from travel, testing should take place as soon as possible. Testing will be done using a molecular test which looks for presence of the virus in the body. Serological testing is not recommended since antibodies against Zika persist for years and cross-react with other similar viruses, including dengue.

How long after exposure to Zika can you get pregnant?

Women should wait at least 2 months after travel (or 2 months after symptoms started if they get sick) before trying to get pregnant. The waiting period is longer for men because Zika stays in semen longer than in other body fluids.

Can you have Zika without symptoms?

As many as 4 out of 5 people infected with the Zika virus have no signs or symptoms. When symptoms do occur, they usually begin two to seven days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.