Zika Virus

Zika Virus is transmitted primarily through Mosquitos and in most cases infection with Zika Virus causes a mild illness which will resolve itself pretty quickly without need for intervention or medication. Symptoms last for about 1 week after being bitten by an infected mosquito with time from exposure to symptoms ranging from 3 - 12 days.

Around 80% of Zika Virus infection cases will go unnoticed. However.....

There is no no doubt that Zika Virus infection during pregnancy can cause adverse pregnancy and birth outcomes and should be taken very seriously.

There is no vaccination against Zika Virus as yet so care must be taken to avoid being bitten by use of mosquito nets and sprays etc where appropriate.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has the most up-to-date information available on it's website here.

Testing for Zika Virus

University Hospital Galway can test for Zika Virus but only for patients who fulfill certain criteria for risk groups, recent exposure and symptoms. You will need to make an appointment to discuss this with a GP.

If you do not fulfill UHG criteria for testing but are concerned about a possible exposure, we can carry out testing for you via our private laboratory partners. These tests are expensive however, so we would recommend a consultation with one of our GPs to discuss any concerns you may have.



Less than 7 days from onset of symptoms Blood & urine 9 - 11 days €769
From 7 days to 14 days from onset of symptoms Urine 9-11 days


Antibody testing from Day 7 Blood & Urine 7 days €345

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