There is no specific medicine or vaccine for Zika virus. Treat the symptoms by getting plenty of rest, drinking fluids to prevent dehydration and taking medicine such as acetaminophen to reduce fever and pain.
Do not take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) until dengue can be ruled out to reduce the risk of bleeding. If you are taking medicine for another medical condition, talk to your healthcare provider before taking additional medication.
For more information see the CDC’s pages on treatment.
At this time, there is no areas of ongoing, active transmission of Zika in Florida.
If a person is concerned they may have Zika, they should see their health care provider. If their health care provider thinks a Zika test is appropriate based on CDC guidance, the health care provider can order a Zika test for the patient through the department or a private lab.
At Governor Scott’s direction, all county health departments are offering free Zika risk assessment and testing to any pregnant woman who would like to be tested.
If you suspect you have Zika, you should take precautions to limit transmission to other people or mosquitoes. Cover skin with repellent and clothing to prevent mosquito bites. If you are infected and are bitten by a mosquito you could transmit Zika to that mosquito. You should also practice safe sex; use barrier protection, such as a condom, to prevent transmission to your partner, especially if your partner is pregnant. Learn about other ways you can prevent transmission.
There are three types of Zika testing:
- PCR – This test checks if you have active Zika.
- IgM – This test checks if you have Zika antibodies; Zika antibodies indicate that you had Zika but do not have active Zika
- PRNT – This is a special test that differentiates between Zika and other similar arboviruses like dengue and chikungunya. In 2016, only the CDC had the capability to conduct this test. The department has expanded the capacity of our state public health labs and we now can process these tests in Florida.
CDC recommends testing people who have 2 or more symptoms with history of travel to a Zika endemic area; or have 3 or more symptoms if they suspect local transmission; or if a person lives, works, or frequents an area of active, ongoing transmission.
CDC recommends that symptomatic pregnant women with possible Zika exposure should be tested for Zika virus infection. Possible Zika exposure includes people who live in or have recently traveled to an area with documented or likely Zika virus transmission, or who have had sex without a condom with a partner (male or female) who lives in or has traveled to an area with risk of Zika virus infection. Testing recommendations for asymptomatic pregnant women with possible Zika exposure differ depending on where they traveled. See CDC’s site here for more. Serial sonograms and additional testing are recommended by the CDC, depending on the results of testing for pregnant women.
Infants & Babies
CDC recommends laboratory testing for congenital Zika for infants born to mothers with laboratory evidence of Zika during pregnancy, and for infants who have abnormal clinical findings suggestive of congenital Zika virus syndrome and a maternal epidemiologic link suggesting possible transmission, regardless of maternal Zika virus test results.
For more information, see the CDC’s pages on treatment.
Find a Doctor
If you are pregnant and would like to receive a free Zika risk assessment and test, you can visit your county health department.
CDC has established Zika Care Connect that provides a searchable network of healthcare professionals who care for patients affected by Zika. These healthcare professionals receive the latest medical information from CDC that enables them to care for patients with Zika based on the most up-to-date information. The Healthcare Professional Network is a key feature of Zika Care Connect. The website allows you to search for medical specialists near you and provides information about the insurance they accept. Use Zika Care Connect to find a doctor in your area.