Wednesday
February 24
2016

There’s Now a Rapid Zika Test in the U.S.

Texas has released the country’s first hospital-based rapid test for the Zika virus, according to two local medical institutions.

Experts at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Houston Methodist Hospital developed a test for Zikathat can identify the virus within hours. According to a statement, the tests can find the virus in blood, urine, spinal fluid and amniotic fluid.

Rapid diagnostics for Zika have been a major speed bump in the ongoing outbreak both in the United States and in harder-hit countries in the Americas.

Source: TIME (link opens in a new window)

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