Teresa Miller, Chemical Threat Response Training Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Laboratories
The Bureau of Laboratories, Michigan’s Public Health Laboratory began testing human clinical samples for Zika virus on May 9, 2016. Michigan is not a geographical hot zone for Zika virus. Our public health laboratory has allied with notable public health officials to perform clinical sample analysis for suspected human cases. Analysis of these clinical samples will aid epidemiologists and other scientific entities in finding definitive answers to concerns about contraction and spread of this viremic disease. Although the Bureau of Laboratories is not a research facility, characteristics of identified viral illness will aid in the quest for answers to our scientific questions about this virus.