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KY Fights the Bite as summer draws near
State Laboratory Zika testing now available; avoid traveling to affected areas
Frankfort, KY - With the Memorial Day holiday signaling the start of summer and vacation season for Kentuckians, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) has strengthened its response efforts to Fight the Bite against Zika virus to include the ability to now test for Zika virus at its public health laboratory in Frankfort, in addition to urging people to follow mosquito precautions and avoid traveling to Zika-affected areas.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized emergency use of two laboratory tests developed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on individuals meeting CDC Zika virus clinical criteria. These two tests, a Zika IgM antibody capture enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (MAC-ELISA) and a trioplex real-time PCR (RT-PCR) assay, can only be performed by qualified laboratories designated by CDC. The Kentucky Department for Public Health, Division of Laboratory Services (DLS), has performed this testing since May 2. Due to the recent emergence of data that demonstrates persistence of viral nucleic acid in urine, DLS will now accept urine specimens alongside patient-matched serum specimens for RT-PCR testing within 14 days of symptom onset. Requests for Zika testing should be coordinated with an individual's healthcare provider in collaboration with the Kentucky Department for Public Health.
DPH officials continue to urge Kentuckians, particularly pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant, to avoid traveling to areas of the world with active Zika transmission.
"We strongly advise that anyone - especially pregnant women - planning to travel to countries where Zika virus is circulating take steps to protect themselves. This includes being knowledgeable about where the virus is spreading, consulting with a healthcare provider, and following public health recommendations to avoid mosquito bites," said Dr. Ardis Hoven, infectious disease specialist for DPH.
The CDC recommends that pregnant women and women trying to become pregnant take the following precautions:
A full list of affected countries/regions can be found online, cdc.gov/zika.
Kentuckians planning international travel are particularly recommended to consult the CDC's Travelers' Health Website, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel, for country-specific health information for travelers. A Weblink about Zika Travel Information, http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information, is found on that site.
Zika has been identified by the World Health Organization as an international public health threat. There are no known cases of Zika transmission occurring in the state of Kentucky - or any part of the United States - at this time. Zika virus is not known to be circulating in the mosquito population in Kentucky at this time.
State officials remind residents to follow the 3 D's for mosquito bite prevention:
For further information visit the DPH website http://healthalerts.ky.gov/zika or the CDC website at cdc.gov/zika. Be sure to follow KYHealthAlerts on Twitter and DPH's Zika mascot, Marty Mosquito, on Instagram, @martymosquito.
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