Experts have long warned against over-exposure to the virus, but now there’s evidence that it can trigger brain damage.
The National Institutes of Health has launched a new program that encourages people to take a Zika test to see if they are at risk.
The test, called the Zika Virus Indicator Test, or ZVI-1, is a little box that you can insert into your mouth that says Zika virus.
When you test positive, you will receive a reminder email from the NIH to report your results.
In addition, you’ll receive a notification on your phone, along with a reminder text that explains how to take your next steps.
The NIH’s ZVI test is not a cure-all, but it is a good way to know if you’re at risk of developing any brain damage from the virus.
The CDC also recommends that people who have symptoms of the virus such as a fever, headache, or rash test positive for Zika.
It also recommends taking steps to protect yourself from infection by taking an anti-retroviral drug or taking an immune-suppressing medicine, such as aspirin.
The new test is part of a broader campaign to help doctors and health care providers make decisions about how to treat people infected with Zika, which has killed more than 3,800 people in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
The U.N. has already announced it will soon launch a Zika response plan that includes the ZVI testing, but no date has been set for when that plan will be launched.
Learn more about Zika here.