Zika Virus Disease (or Zika) Information for Clinicians

*Please note that current DCLS specimen testing instructions specify that specimens must be sent in a serum separator (tiger top) tube; specimens sent in red-top tubes will be rejected. Zika virus testing instructions will continue to be periodically updated by DCLS. Current instructions can be found on the DCLS website, under Updates and then under  “Hot Topics & Updates.”

As an arboviral infection, Zika is a reportable condition in Virginia. Questions about performing Zika virus testing on a resident in your jurisdiction should be addressed to your local health department so they can approve and coordinate specimen submission and shipping with the state laboratory (Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services) and CDC.

VDH is offering a one-day Zika Clinician Forum on May 24, 2017 in Fredericksburg, VA; click here for the agenda and registration information.

Virginia Department of Health

Local Health Districts

VDH Clinician Letters:

Zika Virus Testing

Recommendations and Criteria for Public Health Zika Virus Testing  (4/25/17)


VDH Zika Checklist for Clinicians  — includes patient handouts

Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services (DCLS), Chikungunya, Dengue and Zika Virus Testing Instructions

DCLS New Turnaround Times for Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya virus IgM ELISA Testing, March 2017

Zika FAQ for Clinicians

VDH Zika Virus Literature Review

Private Laboratories that Conduct Zika Virus Testing

CDC Information for Obstetricians and Pediatricians:

CDC Information for Your Patients

Interim Guidelines and MMWR Articles from CDC:

All MMWR Zika Reports: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/zika_reports.html

This situation continues to evolve and information is subject to change. For additional information and recent updates, see CDC’s Zika webpage for health care providers: