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Health Agencies Update
September 27, 2016

HHS Funds Development of Faster Zika Diagnostic Test

JAMA. 2016;316(12):1249. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.13571

In addition to Zika vaccine trials, the first rapid diagnostic test for Zika virus may also be on the horizon. The US Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS’s) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has awarded $5.1 million to Seattle-based InBios International, Inc, for advanced development of a test that diagnoses Zika infection within 4 hours.

The current diagnostic test, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), requires 2 to 3 days for results and can only be conducted in CDC-designated laboratories. Contrastingly, the new diagnostic test could be used in commercial and health care facility laboratories, significantly expanding Zika testing.

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