Zika virus is an arbovirus primarily spread through infected mosquitos, noted especially for causing birth defects in infants born to mothers infected while pregnant. On July 29, 2016, the CDC reported the first cases of local mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission in the continental US. Vista Clinical now offers a commercial Zika test at all its Florida Patient Service Centers (PSCs).
Frequent testing is a key component in diagnosing, tracking, and limiting the transmission of Zika virus.
Pricing & Turnaround Time
In a continued commitment to its founding principle of affordable, quality healthcare, Vista Clinical is offering the Zika test for a mere $99; the same test at other laboratories is costing anywhere from $500 to as much as $780. Vista will neither be collecting nor processing any insurance information for Zika test payment; the out-of-pocket fee is all-inclusive. Additionally, Vista Clinical’s Zika test boasts a same-day turnaround, while competitors’ turnaround time ranges from three to five days.
When To Get Tested
Those living in an area with active Zika transmission should get tested immediately upon the start of illness. Those infected will typically have the virus in their blood for up to one week following the start of illness. Waiting to test means the virus may already be gone from the patient’s body before the sample is collected for testing, resulting in a false negative. Not only can this directly affect the patient (and his or her plans for parenthood), it results in a missing link as public health care officials attempt to track and limit the spread of infection. Get tested at Vista Clinical, today!
How To Get Tested
Patients can receive the Zika virus test by walking in to any of Vista Clinical’s PSCs. There is no need to make an appointment ahead of time – wait times typically average under seven minutes, and total visit times are usually less than 15 minutes. Current addresses, hours, and phone numbers are available at www.vista-clinical.com/locations/. Vista Clinical also offers in-home blood draws with its mobile phlebotomy division, Vista Mobile Services (VMS). To schedule an appointment with a mobile phlebotomist to collect your Zika test specimens from the comfort of your home, please call VMS at (877) 259-1139. All other/general inquiries can be addressed by calling (352) 536-9270, by visiting www.vista-clinical.com, or by emailing BusinessServices@vista-clinical.com.
All materials pertaining to Vista’s Zika test can be found here.
Vista Clinical on News 13 and Bay News 9 News 13 – covering Central Florida’s news, weather, and traffic – featured a segment on Vista Clinical’s Zika testing. The segment was featured on the News 13 website. Watch the News 13 segment here. September 23-24, 2016.
NPR Reports on Zika Testing Delays & Anxiety for Pregnant Women Featured on Shots, NPR’s health news, a reporter in Miami describes the impact of delayed Zika test results for pregnant women – a firsthand narrative based on her own experience and anxiety as a pregnant woman awaiting test results. Read the NPR Health News article here. September 20, 2016.
Vista Clinical in The Orlando Sentinel The Orlando Sentinel posted an informative piece on Zika online and included Vista Clinical as an option for testing. Read the Orlando Sentinel article here. September 19, 2016.
Testing Backlogs for Zika Virus
The Miami Herald reports on the state of Zika testing with the Health Department, who is overwhelmed by the specimens with current turnaround times ranging from three to five weeks! Read the Miami Herald article here. September 15, 2016.
Vista Clinical in The Villages Suntimes The Villages Suntimes included Vista Clinical in their story on Zika cases reported in Thailand. Vista Clinical is mentioned as a way for people to get tested. Read The Villages Suntimes article here. September 15, 2016.
Vista Clinical on News 4 Jax‘s Zika Coverage In a news update on the Zika virus and what options are being offered for testing, WJXT’s News 4 Jax featured Vista Clinical’s Zika test services, and our very own Orange Park phlebotomist Tiffani Hogan. Read the News 4 Jax article here.Watch the news segment here. September 14, 2016.
Zika Virus Transmission through Bodily Fluids? A Zika virus case in Utah leaves investigators stumped – without any exposure to mosquitos carrying the virus and sexual transmission ruled out, scientists wonder if this Utah man contracted the virus through a bodily fluid. Read The Scientist article here.
ZIKA – An STD? Anyone in an active transmission area (like Florida) who is sexually active can play a part in spreading Zika and should consider getting tested – women who are able to get pregnant (of a reproductive age), especially, as well as males who are having unprotected sex. Read the Vice article here.
Vista Clinical in Medical Tourism Magazine Medical Tourism Magazine included Vista Clinical’s Zika test in a story on how snowbirds can best protect themselves from Zika in Florida. Read the Medical Tourism Magazine article here. September 13, 2016.
Funding to Combat Zika in Florida Governor Rick Scott urges Congress to raise federal funding to combat the Zika virus, which sees a daily increase in its presence in Florida. Read the Health News Florida article here. September 13, 2016.