San Francisco Public Health Laboratory
Health care providers - did you know that the San Francisco Public Health Laboratory (PHL) is now a part of our website?
Everything you need to know including contact information, general specimen submission guidelines, fillable PDF forms for specimen and culture submission, and a menu of laboratory tests that includes directions for specimen collection and storage can all be found online at http://sfcdcp.org/phl.html .
Zika Virus Information
Zika is an infectious disease caused by the Zika virus. It is most commonly transmitted to people by mosquito bites. Symptoms of Zika typically include fever, rash, joint pain, and/or red eyes. Zika is currently circulating in countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as Puerto Rico. It is not circulating in the continental United States. In response to concerns regarding a potential role of Zika virus in causing birth defects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel alert for people traveling to regions and certain countries where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.
For more information about Zika, visit our Zika Virus Information Webpage.
Promoting Healthier International Travel
Many travelers head overseas without the protection of effective vaccines or medications to prevent common, debilitating, and life-threatening diseases such as malaria and viral hepatitis. The San Francisco Department of Public Health encourages international travelers to visit a travel medicine specialist prior to departure.
If your health system does not offer a travel medicine specialist, the AITC Immunization & Travel Clinic is open to the public.