Updates from the NYC Public Health Laboratory

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:

The NYC and NYS Health Departments are working to make detection of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) reportable by clinical laboratories. Staff from the NYC Antibiotic Resistance Prevention Program and Public Health Laboratory will be conducting an online survey of local clinical microbiology laboratories to gather information about current CRE burden and diagnostic capacity, and soliciting stakeholder input on plans for the implementation of CRE case reporting and isolate submission in NYC. If you are interested in learning more, or want to make sure you are included in the survey, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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!