Texas hospitals announce first quick test for Zika that could help identify when the virus reaches U.S

February 24, 2016 3:18 PM

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Texas hospitals announce first quick test for Zika that could help identify when the virus reaches U.S

Researchers in Houston have announced that they have developed the first hospital-based, rapid diagnostic test for Zika, an advance that they said should help public health officials identify if -- or, more likely, when -- infected mosquitoes reach the United States this summer.

Using a sample of a patient's blood, urine, spinal fluid or amniotic fluid for pregnant women, the test can identify whether the DNA of the virus is present in as quickly as one day. Previously, physicians have had to ship blood or other samples to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and ...

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