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If someone thinks they have Zika, how can they be tested?

If you have recently traveled to a Zika-affected area and experience symptoms of Zika, see your health care provider and tell your provider about your travel. The Johnson County Department of Health and Environment works with health care providers to determine whether individual patients potentially have Zika, based on their symptoms and travel itinerary. If your illness is consistent with Zika, your health care provider can order blood tests.

Pregnant women can be tested for Zika virus infection 2-12 weeks after being exposed to the virus either from travel to a place with ongoing Zika virus transmission or unprotected sex with someone who has traveled to or lived in a place with ongoing Zika virus transmission. Testing can be done after 12 weeks of exposure, but ONLY with an abnormal ultrasound.