Local company awaiting FDA approval on newly-developed Zika test

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SAN DIEGO -- JAJ International researchers in San Diego say they have discovered a simple test for the Zika virus that doesn't require equipment or electricity, which is vital for screening people in underdeveloped areas of the world.

Researchers say a liquid solution is added to a small drop of blood and within minutes the results are known.

"With quick 10-minute test we can screen to see if people are infected or not, we can separate them and treat them early," said James Lu, Vice President of JAJ International.

The company is awaiting approval from the FDA to begin distributing the test in the United States.

The company is also negotiating with several countries, including Brazil, where 1.6 million cases have been reported.

Zika is spread by mosquitoes, but it can be passed on from human to human by sexual contact. There are also indications it can be transmitted by sharing bodily fluids such as sweat, saliva and urine.

The virus can lead to birth defects in children who often die.