Zika virus is an arthropod-borne flavivirus transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus is related to other flaviviruses including dengue virus, yellow fever virus, and West Nile virus. Clinical manifestations of Zika virus infection occur in approximately 20 percent of patients and include acute onset of low-grade fever with maculopapular pruritic rash, arthralgia (notably small joints of hands and feet), or conjunctivitis (nonpurulent).
Acute sample required . Serum is positive for up to 5 days after onset of symptoms. Urine is positive for up to 10 days after onset of symptoms
Zika virus infection is often asymptomatic but when symptomatic the infection usually presents as an influenza-like syndrome, often mistaken with other arboviral infections like zika or chikungunya.
Dengue infection may cause a rash that could be confused with measles, rubella or Zika
Microbiology - Virology
Please collect a dedicated tube for PCR testing.
CHL separating - send tube directly to Virology. Referral lab - see referral section below for instruction
Clinical history required that includes: date of symptom onset, description of symptoms, travel history country/countries visited together with dates and duration of stay, trimester of pregnancy
Asymptomatic patients require GP consultation with a microbiologist or other medical specialist prior to collection of samples. Full travel history including dates of travel are also required.
Asymptomatic male or non-pregnant females require patient payment.
Asymptomatic pregnant patients will not have a patient charge.
Serum must be collected within 7 days of illness onset
Urine must be collected within 15 days of illness onset
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
Preferred aliquot, serum 5 mL
If Zikavirus PCR is requested the sample will also be tested for Dengue and Chikangunya viruses
$171.06 (Exclusive of GST)
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