Vista Clinical now offers fast, accurate, and affordable testing for the Zika Virus!

VISTA IS PROUD TO OFFER ZIKA VIRUS TESTINGZika 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 and 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.

Sources:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/about/index.html

http://www.hologic.com/products/clinical-diagnostics-and-blood-screening/assays-and-tests/aptima-zika-virus-assay

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/laboratories/lab-guidance.html

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