Zika Virus Update

Academy Women’s Healthcare Associates

Preconception Counseling is available to women with possible Zika Virus exposure or concerns.

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Discussion will include information about signs and symptoms of Zika Virus exposure:

  • Acute onset of fever
  • Macular or papular rash
  • Arthralgia
  • Conjunctivitis

Discussion will include potential adverse outcomes associated with Zika virus exposure:

  • Microcephaly
  • Intracranial calcifications
  • Other brain abnormalities
  • Abnormal cerebral artery flow
  • IUGR and fetal death

Current Recommendations based on April 1, 2016 CDC Update

Women and Men with possible exposure to Zika virus disease but without clinical symptoms should wait at least 8 weeks after exposure to try and conceive.

Possible exposure to Zika is defined as travel to or residence in area with active Zika virus transmission.

Women who have documented disease should wait at least 8 weeks after symptom onset to try and conceive.

Men who have documented disease should wait at least 6 months after symptom onset to attempt conception.

  • It is not known whether men with asymptomatic Zika virus infection can transmit the virus sexually.

Updated Recommendations for Testing Persons Attempting Conception

Serum Testing for IgM for Zika virus should be performed in persons with possible Zika virus exposure who have one or more of the following symptoms within 2 weeks of possible exposure:

  • Acute onset of fever
  • Rash
  • Arthralgia
  • Conjunctivitis

Routine serum testing for Zika virus NOT recommended for men and women who are concerned about possible Zika virus exposure but no clinical illness.

Currently no semen testing available, serum only.

Updated Recommendations for Testing Pregnant Women with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

Testing is still recommended if patient reports concerns about travel to area with active cases and exposure.

Testing can be offered to women with concern for Zika virus exposure up to 8 weeks before conception.

A negative IgM test result obtained 2-12 weeks after known exposure would suggest that a recent Zika virus infection did not occur, serial ultrasounds not necessary.

Men who travel to or reside in area with active Zika virus transmission, should consistently and correctly use condom when having intercourse with pregnant women for the duration of pregnancy.

Schedule Preconception Counseling

If you have possible Zika Virus exposure or concerns, please contact us to schedule a Preconception Counseling session with one of our great providers.