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Zika Virus testing information from DOH-Duval

Thursday, August 11, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Zika Fever: Updated guidance for Zika virus testing for asymptomatic pregnant women without travel (8/10/2016)

In order to address the increasing concern regarding Zika Virus, Governor Rick Scott has directed the Florida Department of Health to make Zika Virus testing available to all pregnant women in the state of Florida at no cost. This directive will provide testing at all county health departments, for all pregnant women regardless of travel history, exposure or risk.

Testing is currently available at DOH-Duval’s Central Health Plaza located at 515 West 6th Street, Jacksonville, FL 32206 and can be requested by calling the Epidemiology Program at 904-253-1850

It is important for providers to continue to utilize their clinical judgement when recommending testing. Providers should continue to notify DOH-Duval of any patients with acute infections occurring within two weeks of travel to an endemic country, or patients who have any risk factors associated with Zika virus, to ensure that proper precautions are taken with mosquito control and prevention. Testing for acute specimens can be ordered through commercial laboratories.

The Bureau of Public Health Laboratories (BPHL) DH1847 requisition form needs to accompany every specimen to the BPHL laboratory and must include:

-Patient Name, date of birth and address

-Provider Information

-Pregnancy status and due date if applicable

-Symptoms and onset if applicable

-Travel location and exact travel dates if applicable

Specimen Collection:

? Urine specimen (1-3ml) paraffin to seal urine cup; ship up right if possible and on cold packs.


-Serum specimen in tiger or red top tube 1-2ml (spin before sending); ship on cold packs after separating

-Each sample should be in its own Ziplock bag

Specimens should be sent Attention Virology to: 1217 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202. Attention Virology should be marked on both inside and outside of the package

Women should be advised that the current wait time for laboratory results is between 1-2 weeks, they will be notified of their results when they become available. In addition, pregnant women should be counseled on the risks associated with testing outside of the CDC and DOH guidelines, to include the possibility of false positive and false negative results.

Any questions or concerns can be addressed to DOH-Duval Epidemiology at 904-253-1850