A New Diagnostic Test for Zika Virus
MD Biosciences, Inc. Clinical and Diagnostic Services Laboratory announced the release of its rapid assay to detect the virus in human blood and urine samples. The nucleic acid test can be performed in a few hours in blood, plasma, serum, or urine samples. The test is specific for the Zika virus and was shown not to cross react with other infectious viruses such as Dengue, West Nile, or Chikunguya. The laboratory-developed test is available now.
The World Health Organization states that the spread of the mosquito-borne virus will grow explosively throughout the Americas. According to the CDC, the virus has also been shown to be transmitted through sexual contact. Upwards of four million infections are expected in the region. Close to 80 percent of infections are asymptomatic while others suffer from fever, rash, joint aches, and other hallmarks. A steep increase in birth defects and Guillain-Barre syndrome has correlated to the spread of the virus. The explosive spread of the virus, along with major crowd and traveller-related events such as this year’s Olympic Games in Brazil, have created the need for steps in fighting the virus, including the ability to rapidly and specifically identify the infection.
Eddie Moradian, Chief Executive Officer at MD Biosciences states, “We are extremely proud of our CLIA diagnostics laboratory’s ability to provide a reliable, accurate, and rapid method of testing for Zika virus. This demonstrates our commitment in placing our expertise, knowledge, and infrastructure for the betterment of health, in the US and throughout the world, whether through the development of more advanced diagnostics or by advancing newer, better, and more efficient therapies.”
About MD Biosciences, Inc.
MD Biosciences is a leading provider of clinical and preclinical services with over 25 years of experience in the clinical diagnostics and preclinical research areas. Services are provided for cancer, inflammatory, metabolic, and neurological diseases. MD Biosciences laboratories provide extensive experience in working with biomarkers and developing validated laboratory assays. MD Biosciences operates through its facilities and laboratories in the United States, Switzerland, and Israel.
Located in Saint Paul, MN, MD Biosciences’ Clinical and Diagnostic Services Laboratory is a CLIA accredited laboratory for high complexity testing. All testing is performed under stringent guidelines in state of the art laboratories.