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Arbovirus Testing

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Also known as: Arthropod (blood-sucking insect) borne virus testing; Arbovirus serology
Formal name: Arbovirus Testing (name specific for each virus) - IgM and IgG Antibodies, Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine the cause of viral meningitis or encephalitis or febrile illness that occurs during the summer season or after travel to a foreign country; to investigate the source of epidemics and track their spread in the community, the U.S., and the world

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 or a febrile illness associated with travel to a geographical area where mosquito- and tick-borne illness occurs

Sample Required?

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

Test Preparation Needed?

None