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Arbovirus Testing

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Also known as: Arthropod-borne Virus Testing; Arbovirus Serology
Formal name: Arbovirus (name specific for each virus) IgM and IgG Antibodies and Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine the cause of viral meningitis or encephalitis or illness causing a fever that occurs during the warmer months of the year; to investigate the source of epidemics and track their spread

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms suggesting an arbovirus infection, such as fever, headache, stiff neck, muscular weakness and a diagnosis of encephalitis and/or meningitis

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or cerebrospinal fluid collected from a spinal tap

Test Preparation Needed?