How do you know if you have Zika while pregnant?

If you’re pregnant and may have been exposed to Zika virus before or during pregnancy, see your provider. Your provider may test your blood and urine for Zika. If you do have Zika, you may get more than one ultrasound throughout pregnancy to check your baby for signs of microcephaly or other health problems.

Can you tell if your unborn baby has Zika?

Comprehensive ultrasound examination to evaluate fetal anatomy is recommended for all women at 18–22 weeks’ gestation. The optimal timing of ultrasound among pregnant women with possible maternal Zika virus exposure remains unknown. Abnormalities have been detected anywhere from 2 to 29 weeks after symptom onset.

What stage of pregnancy does Zika affect?

Among women with confirmed Zika infection during the first trimester, 8 percent — nearly 1 in 12 — had a baby or fetus with Zika-related birth defects. For infections in the second trimester, 5 percent were affected, and in the third trimester, 4 percent, according to the CDC.

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What are the 5 main symptoms of Zika?


  • Fever.
  • Rash.
  • Headache.
  • Joint pain.
  • Conjunctivitis (red eyes)
  • Muscle pain.

Can you test for Zika when pregnant?

Testing is no longer routinely recommended if you are a pregnant woman with no symptoms of Zika, but may be considered if you traveled to an area with risk of Zika (purple areas). Upon your return from travel, testing should take place as soon as possible.

Does Zika still exist 2020?

In 2020, there have been no confirmed Zika virus disease cases reported from U.S. territories. Additionally, a large number of suspect Zika cases from the territories have been tested using molecular testing and none have been positive.

How long can Zika affect pregnancy?

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.

How many babies have Zika virus?

Of the pregnant people infected with Zika virus, studies show that just 5%-14% give birth to children with signs of congenital Zika syndrome (which can cause developmental issues with their brains and vision), and a 4%-6% subset have children with microcephaly.

How can I protect myself from Zika virus during pregnancy?

Protective measures:

  1. Prevent mosquito bites by using EPA-registered insect repellents and covering skin.
  2. Prevent getting Zika infection through sex by using condoms from start to finish every time you have sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) or by not having sex during your pregnancy.
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What are the treatments for the Zika virus?

There is no specific treatment for infection with the Zika virus. To help relieve symptoms, get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. The over-the-counter (OTC) medication acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may help relieve joint pain and fever.

What does the Zika rash 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.

What areas have Zika virus?

According to WHO, the Zika virus is present in more than 87 countries. As of 2020, virus activity continues in the Caribbean, most of Latin America, Central Africa, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, and Papua New Guinea, among other places.

Mexico & Central America.

Country Level of Risk
Panama Moderate Risk

How do you test for Zika virus?

A Zika virus test is usually a blood test or a urine test. If you are getting a Zika blood test, a health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial.

How much does Zika test cost?

Zika Virus Antibody IgM Test Near You

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.

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How long does it take for Zika to show up?

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 14 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito.