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What is Zika? 

Zika virus is a mosquito-borne flavivirus transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.  Zika virus can also be spread by sexual contact with an infected person, blood transfusions, laboratory contamination, and perinatal transmission. It has been linked to adverse outcomes in newborns, including microcephaly, eye defects, hearing loss and impaired growth. Additionally, there is an association between Zika and Guillain-Barre’ Syndrome (GBS), a disease affecting the nervous system. To date in California, Zika virus infections have been documented only in people who were infected while traveling outside the United States or through sexual contact with an infected traveler.  It is likely, however, that California will see locally-transmitted cases of Zika in the future, as increasing amounts of Aedes mosquitoes have been identified in several cities throughout Southern California.

Who should be tested? 

Recommended Actions for Health Care Providers

Zika Testing Algorithm 

Zika Testing Algorithm 

How to Request Testing?

Providers must report all suspected cases of Zika virus infection among patients who are Long Beach residents to the LBDHHS via phone at (562) 570-4302.

Where can I get additional information?

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Zika Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Zika Information

CDC Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Reports

CDC Resources (Infographics)


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