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Schenectady Zika test results could take 21 days

Results of the test conducted this week on the Schenectady County resident for the Zika virus might
Schenectady Zika test results could take 21 days
Mothers and their children wait to see doctors at a hospital in Recife, Brazil, on Feb. 2, 2016. This city is where doctors and public health officials first began to comprehend the scope of the Zika virus.
Photographer: NEW YORK TIMES SERVICE

Results of the test conducted this week on the Schenectady County resident for the Zika virus might not be available for three weeks, according to county officials.

Schenectady County Director of Communications Joe McQueen said Wednesday that testing can take up to 21 days, depending on the type of testing conducted.

County Public Health officials said they were notified of the individual being tested late Monday afternoon.

The individual recently traveled to a South American country where transmission of the Zika virus has been documented, according to a news release from the county on Monday. The person was not identified.

The Zika virus is transmitted mainly through the bite of infected mosquitoes. The virus is associated with severe birth defects in pregnant women; in other people, it can cause fever, headaches, muscle pain and vomiting, but there is no evidence it can cause death, according to the New York State Department of Health.

Official details of the test or the condition of the Schenectady County resident are confidential and unavailable to the public because of medical privacy laws.

“All I can confirm is that an individual is being tested due to symptoms and having traveled to a South American country where Zika virus transmission has been documented,” McQueen said in a statement Wednesday.

He said when more information or updates come forward, the county likely will send out a press release.

Reach Gazette reporter Kate Seckinger at 395-3113, [email protected] or @KateSeckinger on Twitter.

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