Zika Virus is transmitted primarily through mosquitos. In most cases, Zika virus infection causes a mild, self-limited illness. Symptoms last for up to one week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Time from exposure to symptoms is 3–12 days. Around 80% of Zika virus infection cases are likely to go unnoticed.


Symptoms of rash, muscle and joint pain, and conjunctivitis typically predominate and usually occur within 2 weeks after travel to a Zika virus affected area. The incubation period is typically between 2 and 7 days.


There is now no doubt that Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her foetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.


There is evidence that Zika virus can be transmitted through sexual contact. 

There have been confirmed case of Zika Virus in Florida USA, South America, the Caribbeans and Singapore. For a list of countries with active Zika Virus Transmission  Click here 

Zika Virus Test


Zika Virus can be tested via a urine or blood test (sometimes both are needed) depending on onset of symptoms and time to exposure.

The cost is £190 for blood test and urine £382, depending on what you may need

Please make an appointment to discuss any concerns you may have regarding your Zika Virus risk

We are now offer testing for the Zika Virus. 


If you have been exposed to the Zika Virus or have been to a country where Zika Virus is a concern, then get in touch to test for the infection.

Zika Virus Testing 

Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road, Brentwood  CM15 8EH 

07875 702 641

01277 695 732

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