Zika Overview

Transmission & Risks (CDC)

Symptoms (CDC)

Key Facts – Locations of Zika Outbreaks and National Case Counts (CDC)

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 Information Page for Healthcare Providers (CDC)

Resource Guide for Clinicians (CDC)

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 or 609-530-8516.

Zika Virus Testing in New Jersey Patients UPDATE (NJDOH)  (PDF)

Zika Testing: Collecting & Submitting Specimens at Time of Birth (CDC)

Zika Delivery Packet – Comprehensive Information on Evaluating and Testing for Birthing Hospitals – An Updated Version to reflect NEW CDC Guidelines as of August 2017

Interim Guidance for Evaluation and Management of Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection (MMWR, August 2016) (PDF)

Understanding Zika Virus Test Results (CDC)

Counseling Patients – Positive Zika Virus Test

Announcement: Guidance for U.S. Laboratory Testing for Zika Virus Infection: Implications for Health Care Providers (CDC MMWR)

Characterizing the Pattern of Anomalies in Congenital Zika Syndrome for Pediatric Clinicians

Zika Evaluation Tools

Measuring Infant Head Circumference: An instructional video for healthcare providers (CDC)

Measuring Infant Head Circumference (PDF), Typical Head Size vs Microcephaly (CDC)

Report Details Congenital Zika Characteristics (and how they differ from other defects) (AAP)

Initial Evaluation and Outpatient Management: The First 12 Months of Life for Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection (CDC)

Management & Care

Key Information for Pediatricians (AAP)

Clinical Guidance for Healthcare Providers Caring for Infants & Children (CDC)

Initial Evaluation and Outpatient Management: The First 12 Months of Life for Infants with Possible Congenital Zika Virus Infection (CDC)

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

What to Know If Your Baby May Have Been Affected by Zika but Has No Related Health Conditions at Birth (CDC)

What to Know If Your Baby Was Born with Congenital Zika Syndrome (CDC)

What to Know If Your Doctor Suspects Microcephaly During Pregnancy (CDC)

Tips for Communicating with Your Baby’s Doctor or Healthcare Provider (CDC)

Patient education materials from March of Dimes

Zika Virus & Pregnancy Fact Sheet

Zika Virus & Pregnancy Infographic

Zika & Mosquitoes Infographic