Jennifer Rakeman-Cagno, PhD
Summer is here, and as the mosquitoes buzz, Zika is still on our minds!
The NYC Health Department continues to monitor for Zika virus and regularly reviews and updates testing recommendations. CDC recently issued revised testing guidance for pregnant women, however, the guidance for pregnant patients in NYC remains unchanged. NYC recommendations continue to include Zika testing for asymptomatic pregnant women with exposure. Please check the NYC Health website for the most recent information regarding Zika, testing recommendations, specimen submission, and other information here:
Please let us know if your lab is interested in bringing any Zika diagnostic tests online – we are happy to provide guidance, advice based on our experience, and assistance with validation.
The Health Department monitors Aedes and other mosquito populations throughout the five boroughs, and the City’s robust West Nile Virus mosquito program continues. Learn more than you ever thought a microbiologist would know about these (hungry) summertime City residents here:
Please check out the Public Health Laboratory for updates, contact information, test information, and requisitions at:
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Enjoy the rest of the summer, and remember to use an approved insect repellent and sunscreen!