06/07/2016 07h57 - Updated 6/07/2016 14h27

Health plans will have to pay exam Zika from today

The exams are for pregnant women, mothers of babies diagnosed with infection, as well as newborns with congenital malformations suggestive of infection Zika.
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Since today (6), health plans will have to compulsorily cover three Zika virus detection tests for specific audiences. The procedures should be available for pregnant women, mothers of babies diagnosed with infection, as well as newborns with congenital malformations suggestive of infection Zika.

The choice of these groups took into account the risk of babies being born with microcephaly due to infection of pregnant virus during pregnancy. The microcephaly is an irreversible malformation that may affect the child's development in various aspects and come associated, for example, to deafness, hearing problems and heart.

The standard of the National Health Agency (YEARS) It states that the plans have to offer PCR, suitable for the detection of the virus in the early days of the disease; IgM serologic testing, that identifies antibodies in the bloodstream; and or IgG, to check if the person had contact with Zika at some point in life.

Normally, ANS review every two years the list of procedures required to be covered by health plans. The last revision took effect in January this year. however, in the case of diagnostic examination of Zika virus, the incorporation of laboratory tests occurred in an extraordinary way, according to regulatory agency, because it is a public health emergency decreed by the World Health Organization.

Health plans have 30 days to suit the new rule.

Source: Agency Brazil

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