Free Zika screening in Florida leads to backlog of results

Free Zika screening in Florida leads to backlog of results

Tallahassee, Sep 14 (IANS) Getting answers for the state-funded Zika tests have become a blood-boiling wait for patients in Florida, US, as results have been taking more than a month to be processed.

Krystal Cruz, 34, who is seven months pregnant joined the residents at the Miami Beach police station on Tuesday for free Zika testing, but it will likely be weeks before she knows if she’s infected, CBC News reported.

“Is it a yes? Is it a no? What’s going on? It’s going to drive me crazy,” Cruz said. “But it is better to get tested and to know, then not to know.”

For those who can afford private lab testing, the wait is much shorter — often less than a week.

David Andrews, who heads the Pathology Lab at Miami’s Jackson Memorial Hospital, has been waiting for test results, dating back July. “Some of those we’ve been waiting for six to seven weeks,” he said.

He found out many were finished, but the paperwork had not been processed.

“We’re hoping that the vast majority of these specimens have been tested and that they’re just trying to find the papers so they can enter them into the system.”

“It is surprising, I think there’s an element of bureaucracy. Recognise everyone is trying to do their best, but I have a feeling the pieces were not coming together the way they are now that there is a lot of public attention being placed on it,” Andrews explained.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here