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Zika test costs 780 dollars (Labcorp)– June 2016

Labcorp started offering the test in June 2016

Current problems with Zika testing

  1. Cost: $780
  2. Hassle getting tested with no real benefit to the individual (no vaccine, etc)
  3. Test only works in narrow time window
  4. Accuracy was unstated – unknown % false positive and % false negatives
    False Positive (I guess = 10%) incorrectly told that you have Zika
       Malaria infections can produce false-positives
    False Negative (I guess = 10%) incorrectly told that you DO NOT have Zika
       test was taken too early or too late

Note: I sent them an email asking about cost and test accuracy - they declined to comment on test accuracy


Note: Cocaine field tests have false positives of 10% to 30% – yet continue to put people in prison 40 years later

How a $2 Roadside Drug Test Sends Innocent People to Jail

  • " By our estimate, though, every year at least 100,000 people nationwide plead guilty to drug-possession charges that rely on field-test results as evidence. At that volume, even the most modest of error rates could produce thousands of wrongful convictions."

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Test was known to have false positives in the 1970’s but is still being used in 2016

Zika test costs 780 dollars (Labcorp)– June 2016        

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