Zika Virus

Zika infection is caused by a virus that is spread by mosquitoes (these types of mosquitoes are not found in Washington state). Zika is acquired by traveling to a high-risk areas or through sexual contact with an infected person. The virus can cause birth defects if a pregnant woman becomes infected. Currently there is no medication or vaccine to treat or prevent Zika infection. For more information please see the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) websites.

Information for Healthcare Providers

Below are links with information for health care providers.  Please note: Providers should consult with public health nurses or the health officer prior to ordering Zika testing, to do this please call 360-778-6100.


Clinical guidance: Pregnant women

Clinical guidance: Infants and Children

Clinical guidance: Women of reproductive age

Clinical guidance: Prevention of sexual transmission

CDC information for healthcare providers

CDC Zika training for healthcare providers


Testing guidance for asymptomatic and symptomatic pregnant women with possible Zika exposure


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