Health Services

Health Commissioner’s Message to Suffolk County Providers

Zika Virus Guidance for Suffolk County Providers

Preauthorization of testing by the Suffolk County Department of Health Services is required. Call 631-854-0333 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. After hours, call 631-852-4820.

    Testing through Wadsworth Center is available for:

    • Pregnant women who traveled to an area with active Zika virus transmission while pregnant.
    • Non-pregnant women and men who develop (or developed) compatible symptoms during or within 4 weeks of travel to an area with active Zika virus transmission.
    • All persons who traveled to an area with active Zika virus transmission who present with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

    If the patient resides in another state, the healthcare providers/or facility caring for the patient should directly contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) at 1-888-364-4723 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays

    This process applies to all patients except neonates with microcephaly or intracranial calcifications born to women who traveled to an area with active Zika virus transmission while pregnant.

    • Healthcare providers and facilities caring for these neonates should directly contact the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) at 1-888-364-4723 between 9AM and 6 p.m. weekdays for consultation and facilitation of testing or, if a NYC resident, 1-866-692-3641 anytime.

    There is no cost for laboratory testing at the NYSDOH Wadsworth Center.

    Hospitals and providers must report suspected cases of Zika virus to the LHD where the patient resides.

    For information about Zika virus testing Suffolk County residents, visit link to Provider Summary for Zika Lab Testing.

 

Several cases of sexual transmission of Zika virus have been reported.

    Information on Zika virus is rapidly evolving.

    CDC and NYSDOH recommend that until more is known, males who have traveled to or live in an area with active Zika virus transmission and are sexual partners of pregnant women, abstain from sex or consistently and correctly use latex condoms during each act of vaginal, anal, or oral sex for the duration of the pregnancy.

 

To date, no cases of local transmission have occurred in New York State or Suffolk County.

    Zika virus is primarily transmitted by certain species of infected Aedes mosquitoes. Aedes aegypti, the more efficient vector for humans, is not found in the state. However, Aedes albopictus, sometimes called the Asian tiger mosquito, is a possible vector.

      Aedes albopictus has been found in Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland and Orange Counties as well as in New York City.

      NYSDOH will be enhancing mosquito surveillance activities as the weather warms up and continue these efforts throughout the summer. Enhanced activities will include but not be limited to:

      • Additional trapping in Putnam, Orange, Sullivan, Ulster and Dutchess counties to determine whether Aedes albopictus has spread farther north.
      • Testing Aedes albopictus for Zika virus when they’re collected during routine mosquito surveillance.
      • Hospitals and providers must report suspected cases of Zika virus and all other arboviral diseases to the local health department where the patient resides. Providers who cannot reach the Suffolk County Department of Health Services can access 24/7/365 public health consultation from NYSDOH at 518-473-4439 during business hours and 866-881-2809 evenings, weekends, and holidays.

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services at 631-854-0333 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday or the NYSDOH Bureau of Communicable Disease Control at bcdc@health.ny.gov.


For more information, visit:

NYSDOH Zika Virus Home Page

CDC’s Zika Virus Home Page


Hospitals and providers must contact the Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS) at 631-854-0333 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to receive prior approval for testing. After hours, call 631-852-4820.