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What happens when I am tested for Zika and when will I get my results?
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    Getting tested for Zika virus is different from a flu, strep, or pregnancy test, which can be done in a doctor’s office. Only a few laboratories (labs) in the U.S. are certified to test for Zika. As a result, specimens often have to be shipped to a lab for testing. Several state and local health departments are certified to perform Zika testing. If your health department doesn’t currently perform Zika testing, it will coordinate testing with CDC. CDC is receiving hundreds of samples each week. Depending on the lab’s workload, processing and reporting times may take 2 to 4 weeks. Reporting times may take longer during summer months or when other viruses spread by mosquitoes increase. CS267458-A http://www.cdc.gov/zika/pdfs/what-happens-tested-for-zika.pdf
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