Free Zika Testing Offered in Cameron Co.

4 years 1 week 22 hours ago Friday, May 05 2017 May 5, 2017 May 05, 2017 3:53 PM May 05, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – Zika testing is being offered in Cameron County for free.

Cameron County Health officials said many women have tried to get tested but are uninsured.

Currently, insurance is not covering Zika tests.

The Department of State Health Service’s latest Zika advisory says anyone in the Valley who is experiencing symptoms to get tested, especially if they’re pregnant.

Marco Lozano, the Cameron County Healthy Emergency Preparedness director, said many women are taking advantage of the free testing.

“We’re averaging about 20 to 25 women per day at the Brownsville site, the Brownsville clinic, the Mary Lucio Clinic. Currently, right now we have over 800 women that have been tested for the Zika virus since the new advisory,” he said.

There are four clinics in Cameron County where people can be tested. They are in Harlingen, San Benito, Port Isabel and Brownsville.

People do not have to live in Cameron County to qualify for the free testing.

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