Visit and bookmark this page to find out where the Zika virus is active. This will help you counsel patients as you discuss their travel plans. It’s important to include travel history with patient assessments as travel-related cases are the priority concern in New Jersey.
The CDC continues to recommend that pregnant women not travel to areas with Zika. If a pregnant patient must travel to an area with Zika, her healthcare provider should talk with her about strictly following steps to prevent mosquito bites and sexual transmission of Zika virus. Pregnant women with possible exposure to Zika virus should be tested for Zika infection even if they do not have symptoms.
Zika in New Jersey
Have questions? NJDOH Zika contacts can help! Click here to download the NJDOH Contact Information List for Healthcare Providers.
Clinical Guidance and Outreach Information (NJDOH) – The NJDOH regularly issues updated guidance on testing criteria, obtaining specimens, and clinical and prevention guidelines.
Zika Case Count in New Jersey (NJDOH) – Confirmed cases tracked by the NJDOH
NJ LINCS: Sign up to receive NJDOH updates and alerts on Zika via the New Jersey Local Information Network and Communication System (NJ LINCS). Visit the NJ LINCS New User Account Request page or contact the local health department in your jurisdiction to request assistance with access.
NJ Zika Public Call Center: The NJDOH and New Jersey Poison Information and Education System have collaborated on a public call center staffed by professionals who can answer Zika questions from the general public and health care professionals. The call center number is 800-962-1253.
Zika Reporting Requirements
Report suspected Zika infection cases to the local health department (LHD) for the patient’s place of residence. Visit the NJ Local Health Department (LHD) Directory to identify your patient’s LHD.
Zika Testing Guidance
Testing in NJ: Requests for testing should be made to the local health department (LHD) for the patient’s place of residence. Visit the NJ LHD Directory to identify your patient’s LHD.
Requests can be submitted to the LHD by telephone during working hours or providers can complete the Zika Virus Patient Information Worksheet and fax it to the LHD.
Test results can take up to 8 weeks. The NJ Public Health and Environmental Laboratory (PHEL) will fax laboratory test results directly to the ordering provider at the fax number provided. If you do not receive the patient’s results in 8 weeks, contact PHEL at zika.PHEL@doh.nj.gov or 609-530-8516.
Zika Evaluation Tools
Management & Care
US Zika Registry on Pregnancy and Infant Outcomes (CDC) – To understand more about Zika virus infection, the CDC established this registry to collect information about pregnancy and infant outcomes following laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection during pregnancy. The data collected will provide more comprehensive information to complement notifiable disease case reporting and will be used to update recommendations for clinical care, to plan for services for pregnant women and families affected by Zika virus, and to improve prevention of Zika virus infection during pregnancy.
Handouts for Parents & Caregivers
Patient education materials from March of Dimes