Small Westbrook lab in race to help speed up testing for Zika

Stacy Cimino works to fill orders at ViroStat's lab. Doug McAllister, the company's president and founder, said that becoming the provider of antibodies for new Zika testing is "a race to be first and a race to see who has the best-quality test." Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

Stacy Cimino works to fill orders at ViroStat's lab. Doug McAllister, the company's president and founder, said that becoming the provider of antibodies for new Zika testing is "a race to be first and a race to see who has the best-quality test." Photos by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Staff Photographer

WESTBROOK — A test that soon could be available to help millions of people worldwide determine whether they have the Zika virus could rely on research done at a small lab in a Westbrook industrial park. Unlike current tests that take weeks to process, the new tests would give patients quick results, potentially within 20 minutes.