Our Central London Clinic offers a private service for Zika Virus testing.
Testing can be complicated: our expert team gives you clear, practical advice on the right test for your circumstances, and helps you interpret the results. We believe that post-exposure, Zika testing should be more widely accessible. If you are considering getting tested, why not come in and talk things over with one of our doctors.
Our private Zika test service is discreet and reliable. Undertaken by a team of experienced doctors and nurses, we are at hand to answer any of your questions or concerns.
Zika virus belongs to the same family of viruses as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Japanese encephalitis. It also belongs to a larger category of viruses capable of spread from one human (or animal host) to another by biting insects.
After an incubation period of 3 to 14 days following exposure, the commonest symptoms are:
Symptoms persist between 2 and 7 days. In early stages, the Zika illness is indistinguishable from dengue and chikungunya. But only 20% of Zika infections cause overt symptoms.
Two kinds of tests are available:
Several types of rapid tests are currently being developed and will be introduced at the Fleet Street Clinic as soon as they become available.
Book a GP consultation or an appointment with one of our travel doctors – RT-PCR tests give the most reliable results and should be undertaken as close to the onset of symptoms/time of exposure as possible.
There are many other causes of fever and illness following travel, including some (like malaria) that require urgent action. Book a post-travel appointment with one of our doctors for full investigation.
For more information about the Zika virus, please visit our Zika Virus information page.
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