Zika virus testing now available

Zika virus testing now available

HANCOCK — The Center for Disease Control is now able to test for Zika virus and is making this testing available for though state health departments.

According to the Western U.P. Health Department, pregnant and non–pregnant travelers who recently visited an area with Zika transmission are eligible for this testing.

Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes. There is no vaccine yet, but the CDC is constantly updating information and guidance regarding the virus.

If you would like to be tested, talk with your health care provider. In Michigan, once the specimen is completed at the clinic, it will be sent to the state lab, then to the CDC for testing. Dr. Terry Frankovich of the Western U.P. Health Department says that is because the state currently does not have the means at this time to complete the test.

For more information from the CDC on Zika virus testing click here.