(DW.COM) – For pregnant women especially, the question of whether they caught the Zika virus is of high importance. Thanks to German researchers, getting a definitive answer is now possible for the first time.

Only one in five people infected with the Zika virus will get sick. That’s a blessing and a curse at the same time, especially for pregnant women or those who plan on getting pregnant in the near future. They have to wonder whether their bodies could be affected by the virus.

Biotechnology company Genekam from the western German town of Duisburg has come up with a solution to this problem. Researchers there have developed a test that reveals whether there are Zika pathogens in a blood sample, and how many.

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