Update as of Wednesday February 3 at 4:00pm: CDC adds two destinations to Zika virus travel alerts.
As you flip through the various TV channels, it’s the top headline scrolling across your TV screen on every news station: The Zika virus. Now a sexually transmitted case has been confirmed in Texas, making getting information about this disease a bigger priority.
During the recent MauiDerm 2016 meeting Sheila Fallon Friedlander, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology and pediatrics, Rady Children's Hospital and UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego, Calif., mentioned why dermatologists should be aware of the recent increase in cases of the Zika virus infection. In her talk she stated that the information about Zika is worrisome considering the consequences. She noted the growing number of cases.
“Fortunately, no local cases have yet been identified in the U.S., but it is probably just a matter of time, given that the responsible mosquito species does inhabit the U.S.,” Dr. Friedlander told colleagues.
With the Zika virus on everyone’s mind, we want to provide you a one-stop-shop with the latest links and information to help you and your patients.
The American Medical Association recently sent out a statement saying they are working to ensure physicians are prepared to respond to patients’ concerns about this mosquito transmitted disease. They have created a Zika resource center for support.