Echevarne Laboratory offers the test to detect Zika Virus


Zika virus is transmitted mainly through the tiger mosquito, through vector transmission. The risk of transmission is higher when travelers come back from a country where the virus is present. Although transmission between humans is not common, there have been reported cases of sexual transmission of the disease.

In most cases, the ZIKV infection shows mild symptoms which are identical to other arboviral diseases like Dengue and Chinkungunya. After an incubation of 5 to 10 days, pseudoflu symptoms are developed.

The direct detection of viral components is possible only during the period of viremia (approximately one week) and the mild course of the disease may delay medical care, so the serology may have another diagnostic meaning.

The detection of specific IgM antibodies shows an acute infection ZIKV, and these can be clearly detected a few days after the onset of symptoms.

*You must take into account the cross-reactions after infection or vaccination against other flavivirus.

Health officials are investigating a possible link between the Zika virus in pregnant women and their children microcephaly. While waiting for more information, pregnant women or women who plan to become pregnant should extreme caution to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

The Zika Virus IgM antibody test uses the ELISA method.
Sample: serum / EDTA plasma, heparin or citrate.
Response Time: 7 days.