Zika Virus Guidelines for Health Care Providers
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.
How to Report and 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.
- If you are requesting testing for a patient or reporting a suspect case who is pregnant please fill out the Zika Report Form - Pregnant Women and fax to the Long Beach Health Department at (562) 570-4374.
- If you are requesting testing for a patient or reporting a suspect case who is not pregnant please fill out the Zika Report Form - Non-Pregnant patients and fax to the Long Beach Health Department at (562) 570-4374.
Please contact the Communicable Disease Control Program at (562) 570-4302.
Where can I get additional information?
Last Updated: 11/26/19