The Zika virus is predominantly spread by mosquitoes. For most people Zika is a mild and not particularly harmful illness. However, Zika can prove far more serious for pregnant women. The virus can be acquired before or during pregnancy and has been linked to birth defects, particularly concerning neurological disorders like microcephaly (abnormally small heads).
The spread of Zika is an ongoing concern with the virus’ heightened emergence in numerous countries in South East Asia, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, and many more.
Evidence suggests that Zika can be sexually transmitted and it is essential to get tested as soon as possible if you have any doubts regarding your exposure, particularly if you have recently visited a country with high prevalence and you or your partner wish to become pregnant.
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How is Zika transmitted?
Zika is commonly transferred by mosquitos, more specifically the Aedes mosquito, which can be found in tropical and sub-tropical countries all over South East Asia the world. An infected person can pass the virus on to their partner through sexual intercourse.
How will I know if I have Zika?
Zika symptoms are often mild and last only a few days. They can include: itching, rashes, fever, headache, joint or muscle pain, conjunctivitis and lower back pain.
What tests are available for Zika?
Better2Know offers individual testing for Zika, using either a blood or urine sample. The right test for you will depend on whether you have had any symptoms and how long it has been since you returned from the country you are worried about.
How is the infection treated?
There is currently no medication available for the Zika virus. However, you can take certain medicine, such as paracetamol, to help control symptoms. You should also get plenty of rest and stay hydrated.
How can I book my test with Better2Know?
To book your Zika test in Asia today, contact our trained Patient Services team on the number displayed at the top of the page. Alternatively, you can use our online booking system to arrange your private appointment. Simply select the orange button above and follow the instructions.