A test for the Zika virus could be commercially available within weeks. That’s according to the world health organization where experts say such a test could help speed research and show public health experts where the virus is spreading.
Ten biotech companies are working on a Zika test. Which look for antibodies the immune system makes in response to the virus.
There is no vaccine to prevent Zika but research in that field is ongoing at the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
Its director spoke to a medical conference Friday about Zika saying there will likely only be small outbreaks in the U.S. Dr. Anthony Fauci, with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says, “We’re cautious, we’re not presumptuous, you never say never and you never say always. But it is highly unlikely due to the conditions in the united states compared to south America, particularly brazil and the Caribbean. It is unlikely that we’ll see that but we’ll be at least prepared for it in anticipation of it.”