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Zika virus : collection and submission of specimens for Zika virus testing at time of birth : general information
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    Laboratory testing for congenital Zika virus infection is recommended for infants born to mothers with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection 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 infants born to mothers with risk factors for maternal Zika virus infection (travel to or residence in an area of Zika virus transmission or sex with a partner with travel to or residence in such an area) for whom maternal testing was not performed before delivery, assessment of the infant, including comprehensive physical exam and careful measurement of head circumference should be performed. Maternal diagnostic testing should be performed and testing of the placenta for Zika virus PCR should be considered. If an infant appears clinically well, further evaluation and infant testing can be deferred until maternal test results are available. However, if there is concern about infant follow-up, infant testing should be performed before hospital discharge.

    IMPORTANT: Pre-approval is required prior to submission of any tissue specimens. For pre-approval please contact pathology@cdc.gov and eocevent189@cdc.gov.



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