Important Health Advisory from the New York State Department of Health Regarding the Zika Virus

New York State Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, MD, JD, held a webinar for all clinicians and healthcare providers in New York State Tuesday on Zika virus. This advisory highlights some of the key information from the webinar, which is available online here. The Department also activated an information line for providers and patients, who can call 1-888-364-4723 between 9 AM and 6 PM weekdays.

The Department’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories will provide Zika virus testing for all individuals who recently traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission and care currently symptomatic. This is in addition to offering testing to pregnant women who are or were symptomatic and traveled to an area with ongoing Zika virus transmission at any point during pregnancy.

  • The Wadsworth Center is one of only three state laboratories in the nation with the ability to conduct the advanced testing needed to confirm Zika virus infection. Wadsworth will offer molecular tests which detect the presence of the virus, as well as both screening and confirmatory tests for antibodies against Zika and other related viruses. Complete results can take up to 21 days after initiation of testing at Wadsworth.
  • Hospitals and providers must contact their LHD (Local Health Department) prior to sending samples to Wadsworth. Upon learning of a request for Zika virus testing, LHDs should contact their regional epidemiologist.
  • A minimum of three ml of serum and three ml of urine should be frozen at -80oC and shipped on dry ice to the Wadsworth Center, David Axelrod Institute, 120 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 12208. Wadsworth’s Infectious Diseases Requisition form, which is available here, must be completed before submission.

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