The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday that a new Zika test can be used in minutes.
The test is based on an enzyme called AMP-activated protein kinase that detects proteins called fetal amyloid precursor protein, or FAP, and can detect FAP as early as a few minutes after the fetus has been implanted in the uterus, the CDC said in a news release.
It’s a new test, and its detection has been slow, but the CDC noted that in some instances it can detect it even within a few hours of the fetus being implanted.
A person who has a blood sample that comes back positive for the virus can then go to a hospital to receive a blood test to determine if the fetus is carrying the virus.
The results of the test will show if the person has the virus and if there is a risk for complications.
People who have tested positive for Zika should be tested every three to six months, the U.N. says.
If someone has tested positive, the person can go to their doctor to receive the test.
People can also receive a second test if they have traveled to an area where Zika has been detected.
This is the second test to come out in the United States.
The CDC said Friday the first test in late October was positive.
It took about an hour and a half for the first results to come in, and the second one was just under two hours, the news release said.