Lab Matters Spring 2017 | Page 27

infectious diseases  ut in the final analysis, it’s about routine surveillance— B that’s the capacity and capability that we need to keep well funded. Waddell and his colleagues are certainly on the lookout for potential cases of H7N9, but the more pressing threat on Arizona’s radar is Zika virus. During the colder months, flu testing takes up most of the state laboratory’s virology testing capacity. After flu season, that capacity is directed full force at mosquito- borne disease. Due to its geography, the laboratory already had a robust system for monitoring arboviruses prior to Zika, though Zika has added another layer of complexity and urgency. As of April, the laboratory had confirmed 57 cases of travel-associated Zika virus in the state. T