Zika Virus

Zika Virus is transmitted primarily through Mosquitos and in most cases infection with Zika Virus causes a mild illness which will resolve itself pretty quickly without need for intervention or medication. Symptoms last for about 1 week after being bitten by an infected mosquito with time from exposure to symptoms ranging from 3 - 12 days.

Around 80% of Zika Virus infection cases will go unnoticed. However.....

There is no no doubt that Zika Virus infection during pregnancy can cause adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes and should be taken very seriously.

There is no vaccination against Zika Virus as yet so care must be taken to avoid being bitten by use of mosquito nets and sprays etc where appropriate.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has the most up-to-date information available on it's website here.

Testing for Zika Virus

You will need to be referred to an Infectious Disease specialist as we cannot access reliable Zika Testing in General Practice.

A GP consultation will be required.