[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Quest Diagnostics Unveils New Test Service for Zika Virus | 09-21-2016
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Cloudy
Cloudy
51°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
January 20
1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]


questdiagnosticsQuest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, announced Wednesday the availability of a new antibody test service that aids the diagnosis of infection with the Zika virus.

The service is based on the Zika Immunoglobulin M (IgM) Antibody Capture Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (Zika MAC-ELISA), developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and authorized for emergency use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The CDC has licensed the test to Quest Diagnostics and other select national reference laboratories to aid the response to the Zika emergency in the United States.

With the new service, Quest Diagnostics now provides access to Zika virus antibody and molecular laboratory test services for people in the United States as well as Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Healthcare providers in other countries may also refer specimens for Zika testing to Quest. Quest Diagnostics was the first commercial laboratory to receive FDA emergency use authorization for a Zika test, on April 28, 2016. That molecular test is intended for the qualitative detection of RNA from Zika virus in human serum specimens. On September 6, Quest expanded its molecular Zika test capabilities with the introduction of an RT-PCR Zika test service for the qualitative detection of RNA from Zika virus in serum and paired urine specimens.

Molecular RT-PCR tests identify the presence of Zika virus RNA in a specimen, while antibody serology tests identify the presence of antibodies created by the body in response to infection. Molecular RT-PCR testing is most useful up to 14 days after the onset of symptoms, depending on sample type and other factors, while IgM antibody testing is most useful two to 12 weeks following the onset of symptoms.

“Quest now provides physicians and patients with access to a robust, complementary range of Zika test options for aiding diagnosis of Zika infection,” said Rick L. Pesano, M.D., Ph.D., vice president, research and development, Quest Diagnostics. “Quest’s national scale, diagnostic expertise and relationships with half the country’s physicians may be an increasingly important complement to public health response should the number of suspected Zika cases and demand for testing grow in the United States.

“We are particularly gratified to provide these services in Florida, where the first local transmission has been documented and where Quest Diagnostics operates a significant service infrastructure,” Dr. Pesano added.

Quest operates approximately 2,300 patient service centers across the United States, more than any other commercial laboratory provider. Approximately 260 of these centers are in Florida, the first state to document cases of local transmission. Patients can provide specimens for testing at any one of these centers with a physician test order.

In addition, many healthcare providers can also collect patient specimens in their offices for testing by Quest Diagnostics. Quest Diagnostics serves half the physicians and hospitals in the United States each year.

“Commercial labs such as Quest Diagnostics can play an essential role in public health response to emerging infectious diseases like Zika,” said Scott Becker, executive director, Association of Public Health Laboratories. “These organizations bring expertise, scale and logistics support, as well as access to healthcare providers and patients, that complement and extend the capabilities of our nation’s public health labs.”

Quest Diagnostics performs testing for its proprietary Zika RT-PCR test as well as the CDC-based Zika MAC-ELISA test at its Focus Diagnostics laboratory, a reference laboratory business of Quest Diagnostics in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Quest performs the molecular RT-PCR Zika test for use on serum and paired urine specimens at its advanced laboratory in Chantilly, Virginia.

Zika is an infectious disease spread through the bite of infected mosquitoes, from mother to fetus during pregnancy, and through sexual transmission. Symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes (conjunctivitis). Zika infection during pregnancy may cause microcephaly and other birth defects. In February 2016, the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared significant potential for a public health emergency due to Zika.

According to the CDC, there were 20,870 confirmed cases of locally acquired and travel-associated Zika virus disease cases in the United States and U.S. territories as of September 14, 2016; 3,176 of these are in the United States. Among the 50 states, the largest number of identified cases (639) is in Florida, with 43 of those cases locally acquired.

Quest Diagnostics is a leader in infectious disease testing services, with a broad menu of molecular, antibody, and other test services to aid diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. Quest offers a comprehensive range of testing services for the flaviviruses dengue fever and Chikungunya as well as Zika.

 

About the Quest Diagnostics Zika Test Services

The Zika tests provided by Quest Diagnostics and its Focus Diagnostics laboratory business have not been FDA cleared or approved. These tests have been authorized by FDA under emergency use authorizations and are only authorized for the duration of the declaration.

The Zika tests are intended for patients meeting CDC’s Zika virus clinical criteria (e.g., clinical signs and symptoms associated with Zika virus infection) and/or CDC Zika virus epidemiological criteria (e.g., history of residence in or travel to a geographic region with active Zika transmission at the time of travel, or other epidemiologic criteria for which Zika virus testing may be indicated). The diagnosis of Zika virus infection must be made based on history, signs, symptoms, exposure likelihood, and other laboratory evidence in addition to the identification of Zika virus. The tests should not be used as the sole basis for patient management decisions. Within the United States, all positive and negative results of these tests are reported as required to State and local Public Health authorities.

For more information about the company’s Zika test services, visit www.QuestDiagnostics.com/Zika

 

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world’s largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest Diagnostics annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 44,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LOCAL BUSINESS LINKS
    LOCAL BUSINESS HEADLINES
    FINANCIALS OF LOCAL INTEREST
    MARKETS & METALS
    NASDAQ5540.08  chart -0.28%
    S&P 5002263.69  chart -0.36%
    STOCKS OF LOCAL INTEREST
    Bank Of Santa Clar Com Stk Usd011.80  chart +0.00%
    Biosolar Inc Com Usd0.0001(post0.0549  chart +0.00%
    Sierra Bancorp26.41  chart -0.75%
    Cu Bancorp (ca)35.05  chart -0.57%
    Enable Ipc Corp. Com Stk Npv0.0007  chart +0.00%
    Flex Ltd. - Ordinary Shares14.57  chart -1.29%
    Linn Energy Llc Unit Repstg Ltd0.125  chart -3.85%
    Linn Co Llc Com Shs Repstg Ltd 0.0569  chart -7.03%
    Mannkind Corporation0.65  chart -2.99%
    Mission Valley Ban Com Npv10.50  chart +0.00%
    Quest Diagnostics Incorporated 91.53  chart -1.54%
    Tejon Ranch Co Common Stock23.72  chart -1.04%
    Us Energy Initiati Com Usd0.0010.001  chart +0.00%
    Wesco Aircraft Holdings, Inc. C15.15  chart +2.02%

    Apple Inc.119.78  chart -0.18%
    At&t Inc.41.00  chart +0.49%
    Autonation, Inc. Common Stock51.62  chart -0.39%
    Best Buy Co., Inc. Common Stock43.63  chart -2.55%
    Big Lots, Inc. Common Stock49.21  chart -2.03%
    Barnes & Noble, Inc. Common Sto11.45  chart +0.88%
    Brady Corporation Common Stock35.80  chart -1.24%
    Boston Scientific Corporation C23.88  chart -0.17%
    N/a24  chart +0.00%
    Cbre Group Inc Common Stock Cla30.25  chart -0.85%
    Carnival Corporation Common Sto53.45  chart -0.28%
    Comcast Corporation72.61  chart +0.44%
    Costco Wholesale Corporation163.70  chart -0.35%
    Curtiss-wright Corporation Comm95.80  chart -0.01%
    Cvs Health Corporation Common S82.70  chart -0.41%
    Cemex, S.a.b. De C.v. Sponsored8.30  chart -0.12%
    D.r. Horton, Inc. Common Stock28.01  chart -1.72%
    Walt Disney Company (the) Commo107.28  chart -0.81%
    Edison International Common Sto71.72  chart -0.80%
    Hyatt Hotels Corporation Class 54.81  chart +0.68%
    Home Depot, Inc. (the) Common S135.39  chart -0.57%
    Kb Home Common Stock16.21  chart -1.82%
    Kroger Company (the) Common Sto34.26  chart -1.86%
    Lennar Corporation Class A Comm43.73  chart -1.29%
    Laboratory Corporation Of Ameri132.74  chart -1.23%
    Linn Energy Llc Unit Repstg Ltd0.125  chart -3.85%
    Linn Co Llc Com Shs Repstg Ltd 0.0569  chart -7.03%
    Lowe's Companies, Inc. Common S71.60  chart +0.31%
    Marriott International84.53  chart +1.84%
    Mcdonald's Corporation Common S122.18  chart -0.43%
    Mitsubishi Ufj Financial Group,6.30  chart +0.48%
    Netflix, Inc.138.41  chart +3.86%
    Office Depot, Inc.4.46  chart -1.76%
    Rite Aid Corporation Common Sto8.60  chart -0.58%
    Rexford Industrial Realty, Inc.23.48  chart -1.55%
    Regal Entertainment Group Class21.95  chart +1.01%
    Ross Stores, Inc.65.96  chart -1.41%
    Republic Services, Inc. Common 57.31  chart -0.09%
    N/aN/A  chartN/A
    Starbucks Corporation57.89  chart -0.96%
    Smart & Final Stores, Inc. Comm15.05  chart -1.31%
    Sears Holdings Corporation8.94  chart +0.79%
    Six Flags Entertainment Corpora60.13  chart -0.79%
    Sonova N128.70  chart +0.00%
    Staples, Inc.9.05  chart -2.58%
    Sunpower Corporation6.87  chart -2.41%
    Target Corporation Common Stock65.39  chart -2.18%
    Time Warner Cable Inc209.56  chart +0.00%
    Ulta Salon, Cosmetics & Fragran266.12  chart +0.23%
    Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.83.49  chart -0.75%
    Waste Connections, Inc. Common 79.73  chart +0.08%
    Whole Foods Market, Inc.30.77  chart -1.41%
    Waste Management, Inc. Common S69.57  chart -0.03%
    Wal-mart Stores, Inc. Common St67.62  chart -0.72%
    Woodward, Inc.67.46  chart -1.43%
    CURRENCY CONVERTER

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1993 - Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers (1979) becomes first female White House press secretary [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Supervisor Kathryn Barger is proposing a motion to establish a $20,000 reward for information about the suspect responsible for a fatal hit-and-run. Plus, a new event for the 2017 Cowboy Festival lineup. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, January 19, 2017
    The Board of Supervisors will be asked to approve a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger establishing a $20,0000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the hit-and-run death of a 15 year-old girl in Canyon Country.
    Reward Offered in Hit-And-Run Death of Canyon Country Girl
    The public is invited to participate in a stakeholder forum to learn about the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and provide input regarding the formation of a Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the Santa Clara River Valley East Subbasin, which underlies most of the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Jan. 24: Sustainable Groundwater Management Act Meeting
    With the interest being generated by the 2017 Presidential Inauguration, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has committed resources to ensuring a state of readiness and preparedness. Although we anticipate many will express their views and opinions of the democratic process, we DO NOT have any specific or credible information indicating that any areas of Los Angeles County will substantially affected or disrupted.
    Sheriff Ready for Inauguration Day Protests
    Officials with the Coroner’s Office have released the identity of a woman killed in a fatal crash off Kelly Johnson Parkway.
    Victim of Fatal Crash Near Walmart Identified
    As the council wanted to appoint someone anyway, why not appoint the candidate who came in next place in the election?
    Human Nature 101
    The 2017 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships (featuring stand-alone Junior National Championships for the first time) are slated for May 19 through 21 at Castaic Lake.
    May 19-21: Open Water Nationals Returns to Castaic Lake
    VIA is hosting its 2017 Employment Law Update, presented by Brian Koegle and David Poole of Poole & Shaffery, LLP on Tuesday, February 21.
    Feb. 21: 2017 Employment Law Update
    The Los Angeles County Arts Commission is accepting applications from organizations seeking support for music programming at their facility or designated location.
    March 1: Submit Application for ‘Free Concerts in Public Sites’ Program
    Hart Regiment is now offering a simple way to contribute to its organization and help support the Regiment as it continues to work towards excellence.
    Hart Regiment Offering Simple Way to Support Organization
    Local Realtors during 2016 assisted 2,493 sales of existing single-family homes throughout the Santa Clarita Valley while the annual price rose 6.3 percent, the Southland Regional Association of Realtors reported today.
    SCV 2016 Home Sales Increase, Annual Prices Rise
    Saddle up: tickets for the 24th Annual Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival are selling quickly and now is the time to start looking at all the events we have to offer in addition to the Festival.
    Cowboy Festival Adds New Event to Hart Mansion
    The Los Angeles County Interim Health Officer mandates that all acute care hospitals and skilled nursing facilities in the county report carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) cases to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health).
    Drug-Resistant CRE Added to List of Reportable Diseases
    Because of the recent rainfall, the County Interim Health Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, is cautioning residents who are planning to visit Los Angeles County beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. A beach use advisory is in effect until Sunday, January 22 at 7 a.m.
    Beach Use Advisory in Effect for All L.A. County Beaches
    1967 - Original airing of Star Trek "Arena" Episode: Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks [watch]
    More than two million people visit Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park each year. While there are many beautiful and interesting places to visit in each of those parks, there are many desert treasures that can be found outside of those national parks. One of those treasures, Trona Pinnacles, is located about 28 miles east of Ridgecrest in the Mojave Desert.
    Desert Pinnacles
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, an ambulance was involved in a three car collision. Plus, City Council selected the new Council person at a special meeting Tuesday night. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, January 18, 2017
    This past holiday season, I found myself in line at the airport counter, waiting to check a bag prior to a flight to visit family and friends. The gentlemen in front of me got frustrated when the customer agent said he had to pay more to check a bag because he hadn’t paid for it online beforehand.
    Don’t Get Stuck with Medicare Late Fees
    A three-car collision involving an ambulance left the ambulance on its side on McBean Parkway and Valencia Boulevard shortly after 1 p.m.
    Ambulance Involved in Traffic Collision on McBean Parkway
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Special Enforcement Bureau officials are reporting plane crash wreckage found in the mountains near Lake Hughes. Photos of the crash were posted to the LASD SEB Twitter page Wednesday around 11 a.m.
    Pilot Killed in Lake Hughes Plane Crash
    On June 11th, 2015, SCOPE (Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment) joined with Citizens for Chiquita Canyon Compliance, a Val Verde group and local residents to file a civil rights complaint against the county of Los Angeles, complaining that the majority Spanish-speaking community of Val Verde was suffering from discrimination by the County's failure to notify of them of the massive proposed expansion of Chiquita Canyon Landfill just over the ridge from their homes.
    County Agrees to Bilingual Chiquita Notices
    Lawrence Russell scored a game-high 22 points and Tim Soares notched a double-double as The Master's University played its most complete game of the season to date in a 93-72 victory over Vanguard before a raucous crowd at Bross Court.
    TMU Men’s Basketball Victorious Over Vanguard
    California State University, Northridge will host back-to-back events next month that will explore the potential of exceptional learners. On Monday, Feb. 6, world-renowned author and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin will discuss how different kinds of minds contribute to society as part of CSUN’s Education on the Edge lecture series – an event that already has sold out.
    CSUN Events Exploring Potential of Exceptional Learners
    The National Park Service (NPS) released a plan on Wednesday to identify gaps in the current National Park System to better inform future decision-makers of options that more fully represent the nation’s natural and cultural resources, and the experiences of all Americans.
    NPS Articulates Holistic Vision for National Park System
    City Council members named former SCV Latino Chamber of Commerce CEO and local publisher Bill Miranda to fill the vacant seat.
    Bill Miranda Named to Vacant City Council Seat
    Senator Scott Wilk, R-Antelope Valley, announced Wednesday he introduced Senate Bill 139 to combat the prevalence of synthetic recreational drugs in communities across California.
    Senator Wilk Introduces Measure to Regulate Synthetic Drugs
    Officers from the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) will be conducting field licensing enforcement in the unincorporated areas of Elizabeth Lake (zip code 93532) and Lake Hughes (zip code 93532) beginning on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Field enforcement efforts are designed to ensure that residents’ dogs and cats are in compliance with mandatory licensing requirements, spay/neuter, and microchipping.
    Feb. 1: DACC Conducting Field Licensing Enforcement in Elizabeth Lake, Lake Hughes
    On Wednesday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued final advice regarding fish consumption. This advice is geared toward helping women who are pregnant or may become pregnant – as well as breastfeeding mothers and parents of young children – make informed choices when it comes to fish that are healthy and safe to eat.
    FDA, EPA Issues Final Fish Consumption Advice
    1899 - Martin & Richard Wood buy J.H. Tolfree's Saugus Eating House, rename it Saugus Cafe [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, a man is allegedly stabbed by his ex-girlfriend. Plus, a bulldog makes friends with a CHP officer. Watch these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Tuesday, January 17, 2017
    The County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation along with The Friends of Hart Park is presenting its “Movies from the Hart” Matinee Series.
    ‘Movies from the Hart’ Coming to Hart Park
    A cyber sextortion suspect was arrested in Massachusetts after targeting a minor living in an undisclosed area within L.A. county.
    Cyber Sextortion Suspect from Mass. Arrested, Accused of Targeting L.A. County Minor
    Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) announced Friday that he will serve on three Committees in the 115th Congress, each with a direct tie to the communities in California’s 25th Congressional District.
    Knight Selected for Congressional Committees
    Representative Steve Knight (CA-25) was selected to serve as Chairman of the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce.
    Knight Named Small Business Subcommittee Chairman
    Just a few months away from her expected delivery date, an expecting mother was forced into surgery to save her unborn twins’ lives.
    Prospective Mother of Twins, Husband Ask for Community Support