TESTING FOR ZIKA

If you are pregnant and have recently traveled to an affected area then you should be tested as many people show no symptoms.

Clearly if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant then you should strongly consider not traveling to an affected area.

Testing involves a blood test from you.

If the blood test is positive then there may be a risk of your baby being infected and further test will be required.

Unfortunately we have no treatment for most viral infections and Zika falls into this category. The principal risk appears to be damage to the developing brain of a baby. This is a particular problem if you are infected in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy but can be  an issue at almost any stage of pregnancy.

If the blood test is positive then sometimes an amniocentesis (remove fluid from around the baby) will be performed to test for the presence of the virus inside the uterus. If this is positive then there is a high chance the baby has been infected.

We can ultrasound the baby at regular intervals to check the size of the baby's head to ensure it is growing at the expected rate but there is no treatment available.