Dr. Denise Jamieson - Medical Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
obgynnews.com/news - by Michele G. Sullivan - May 16, 2016
WASHINGTON – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending blood or urine testing for all pregnant women with possible Zika exposure through travel or because they live in an endemic area, regardless of whether they are symptomatic, Dr. Denise J. Jamieson said at the annual meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Couples interested in conceiving who live in or have traveled to areas of active transmission should be alert for any signs of infection, no matter how slight; if they notice any, they should be tested for exposure before attempting conception, Dr. Jamieson, a medical officer with the CDC’s division of reproductive medicine, said in a video interview.
Unfortunately, she said at an update on the Zika situation, labs that process Zika blood and urine samples are backed up, and test results are being “unacceptably delayed.”