I really don’t like to be the “scary” doctor. Quite the opposite—I love to use my training and knowledge to give people simple, effective, and fun ways to live well and raise healthy families. But I have to be honest: As an emergency room doctor and as a mom considering having another child in the future, Zika worries me.
I'm no stranger to infectious diseases—I’ve had to don a mask and start aggressive treatment for tuberculosis patients; I worked in the same hospital where the first Ebola patients in the U.S. were treated. And for just a second, I have to put on my serious ER doctor hat again. Because Zika is different: Right now there’s no vaccine, and no treatment for the birth defect microcephaly. Plus, by this summer, the mosquito that carries Zika will be active throughout much of the U.S.
For now, we are all the first line of defense against Zika. So, I'd like to share what I’m telling my patients about the virus—and exactly what I'm doing in my own family to stay safe.