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Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)

Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)


A blood test for one person to detect the Zika virus which looks at two different antibodies, one for current infection and one for previous infection.
Blood sample 2 biomarkers included Results estimated in 8 working days from sample receipt at lab
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)
Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus)

Is it for you?

Have you been to a Zika-infected region and been bitten by a mosquito and/or experienced flu-like symptoms? Are you thinking about starting a family and want to make sure that you are infection-free? Do you know that you need to wait at least two weeks after you return to allow antibodies to be detected in your blood before taking this test? For anyone who has visited a country that is affected by Zika and is worried about potential infection, this is the test for you.

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • Immunity

Immunity (2 Biomarkers)

Special instructions

Prepare for your Zika Virus Antibodies Blood Test (Flavivirus) Test by following these instructions. If you have returned from an area where Zika virus is active within the past two weeks then we recommend retesting again at the two week mark. Please include details of any recent foreign travel on your form.

From the expert

This venous blood test (where blood is taken from a vein in your arm) measures two different antibodies to the Zika virus to tell whether you have a current infection or have been infected in the past.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne virus that has been linked to birth defects in babies. A higher incidence of babies born with microcephaly, an abnormally small head, has been seen in areas where the Zika virus is widespread. Only one in five infections with the Zika virus cause symptoms, and even then, symptoms can be mild. They include flu-like symptoms such as headache, muscle and joint aches, red eyes, and fever.
Please be aware this test carries a small risk of a false-negative result. According to the test manufacturer, this is estimated to affect three out of every 100 negative results. This small risk of a false negative result means that even if your test result is negative, we would advise you to wait for the recommended period before starting to try for a baby.

Recommended period to wait before starting to try for a baby:

  • Women who travelled to a Zika endemic area without their partner should wait eight weeks after their return (or recovery from Zika infection) before trying for a baby.
  • Men have to wait three months after their return (or recovery from Zika infection) before trying for a baby. This is because the virus can survive for three months in the male reproductive system.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • You have travelled to an infected area and want to see if you are infected
  • You are pregnant or trying to conceive and want the reassurance of a Zika test
  • You have travelled to an infected area where you experienced mild, flu-like symptoms
  • You were bitten by a mosquito in an infected region

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our UKAS accredited partner laboratories.

Dr Sam Rodgers - Chief Medical Officer

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Questions? Let us help
Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.