Boca Biolistics is inviting members of the public to participate in a study, collecting biological specimens to aide in researching the Zika virus. Boca Biolistics, LLC is looking for volunteers from three groups of people to participate: People who have symptoms of Zika virus, people who don’t have symptoms of Zika virus, and people who are at high risk of Zika virus. Participants must be residents of the United States. Researchers are particularly interested in volunteers who have traveled to Zika risk areas since January of this year (risk areas include Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America and especially to Columbia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica).
Unlike many clinical trials, pregnant women are encouraged to participate.
“Zika Virus is of great concern to South Floridians and the country as a whole. Boca Bio has been at the forefront of research into new diagnostic tests to ensure the health and safety of the general population and especially pregnant women. Our testing lab will be one of the first in Florida to have the capability to test for Zika Virus and we hope to test as many people as possible”, stated Joseph L. Mauro, President/CEO of Boca Biolistics, LLC, a South Florida blood research company.
Researchers will enroll up to 200 individuals for the study. Qualifications to join include having symptoms of Zika virus, like fever, muscle pain, joint swelling or rash within the last 14 days prior to testing; travelling to or from a high-risk are for Zika virus; having unprotected sex with someone who is Zika positive; having a recent mosquito bite or a blood transfusion within the last three months.
Other qualifications include being age 18 or older and weighing 110 pounds or more. Individuals with Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and/or HIV cannot participate.
Individuals who participate in the testing will find out whether they’ve been exposed to the Zika virus through the testing.
For more information contact Boca Biolistics today.