FDA approves diagnostic test for Zika virus

From News Mono
June 29, 2019

The U.S. Drug and Food Administration has affirmed a new diagnostic test to help identify the Zika virus.

The test was affirmed half a month back. It’s intended to recognize antibodies delivered by the body’s immune system when it tests for the Zika virus infection in the blood.

As per the FDA, the diagnostic test is for utilize just in patients with clinical signs and Zika virus symptoms.

Symptoms can include muscle aches, fever, and joint pain.

Dr. Stephen Ramirez, with Stone Oak Family Practice, said the test will make a huge difference in the long run for patients.

“We finally have an FDA approved test for what we call the IGM Molecule or antibody for Zika. We are going to know a bit sooner and we can treat it a little bit sooner too. We didn’t have that before. When the second case (was) here in San Antonio a few years ago, I had to send my case to the CDC and it look me at least 2 months to find out if my patient had zika,” said Dr. Ramirez.

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