South Carolina now has access to emergency test kits for the Zika virus

A graduate student works on analyzing samples to identify the Zika virus in a laboratory at the Fiocruz institute in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Health officials say they're trying to determine if an unusual jump in cases of a rare nerve condition sometimes severe enough to cause paralysis is related to the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in at least two Latin American countries. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

State health officials in South Carolina now have access to 2 emergency test kits for the Zika Virus.

One test can be performed on about 100 people for the virus, and the other can test up to 20 people for Zika and 2 other viruses.

DHEC officials say the tests will go to testing labs during a time of high demand or potential public health situation.

So far, one person tested positive for Zika in South Carolina. State health officials say that person contracted the virus while traveling abroad and did not show symptoms once they returned to the states. There is no threat to public health.

Including the one positive test, 112 people have been tested for the virus; 108 were negative, three are pending.

 

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