Dr. Besser and Dr. Christine Curry Answer Zika Related Questions

ABC News' Dr. Besser sits down with Dr. Christine Curry from the University of Miami to answer some of the questions about Zika submitted on Facebook.
7:51 | 08/03/16

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You're there's there's so much in the news right now cica. A lot of people are anxious because its view and and and scary and hopefully will be able to shine some light on that. OK so I think justice to start. Haven't askew. Is it something that you're seeing here is it something your your pay each answer are asking you questions. Now and it's something that we're seeing and dealing with every day certainly since the announcement last Friday that there is local transmission we've seen a lot of patients calling the office and coming in very concerned. What is it did then they're concerned about. Sure so fur women who are living in Miami they're concerned that there has been local transmission and so. They're worried about the neighborhood that they live in that they work in areas that they visited and whether or not they have been put at risk. Won't when you look at Miami. There's one neighborhood that's been blocked 11 mile square area. Is that. A popular area for people go to or is it off away from from the C. Passes a very popular area in Miami and so a lot of people have gone their TEs have gone to visit. And so all of those patients are sort of looking at there risk over the last several weeks. So it somewhere that a lot of people have been. Just to tell you where things are right now in terms and ZK in Miami. This state has has reported that there fifteen cases. Cica. In this area that are were not related to travel that they are related tune to local transmission. When you think about Zeke it's something did many abuse and over there are problems it's something. Arrived in Brazil about two years ago it's has been spreading Europe South America through the Caribbean. And a lot there have been a lot of cases in the United States from people. Traveling back and forth. In the public health has been saying with all that travel. Because we have miscue here in this area and transmitted it was only a matter of time he couldn't say where it happened. But it's happened here whose homes so. This is gone through this first thing it is is what easy can what is the possible impact on one's. Who says he is a virus and it can be transmitted to a person into different ways it can be transmitted by a mosquito bite if mosquito carries the virus. And it can be transmitted sexually through a sex partner if you're not using protection. And I think most people are aware that the biggest concern is for women who are pregnant. If a woman who is pregnant gets infected with seek a virus some percentage of those women are gonna hide infants are BP's that are infected with the virus and that's I think what most people are worried about. When you when you look at at what percentage of women are gonna have a problem that's why those questions that there are a lot of people working to answer it. Initial study. Micronesia which was there was an outbreak suggested about 100. Women who were infected and she might have an effect could be. The reports have Colombia are are showing them you know breaking outlook is little more. There it's looking like the risk is more early in pregnancy. When I don't think we can yet say that there's a safe trimester of pregnancy and so I don't want to be. Me and overly cautious or overly cavalier about it but certainly the first trimester is looking like the time of greatest risk from the Colombian studies as well as some of the information from prison. And did it it's it's really am important to realize that in you need to take all the steps you can to avoid mosquito bites and we're getting infection but if you. If you get bitten by mosquitoes red seek it doesn't mean necessarily your baby's going to be an effective and so much anxiety. About that. I heard the symptoms were actually from water contamination and not the cica. And he truth. Yes so I think initially a lot of people had a healthy amount of skepticism whenever there's a new illness or new finding people want to look at all of the potentials or all of the possibilities. But I think as evidence of this virus has spread to so many different countries. And as the symptoms have spread along with positive lab testing I think at this point we're fairly confident that. The symptoms fevers brash red eyes are content to buy this joint pain muscle pain. I think those have gone along with the virus in enough different places across the world that we seem confident they're linked. Yet there were there were a lot of things on line. Different theories as to what was going on was from pesticides and other activities but it. Misses is really following what you'd expect from an infectious disease that its. C. Isn't only dangers to pregnant women. So I think the greatest concern certainly for women who are pregnant. But it's relevant to everyone to all of us it's relevant to men because they may be the sex partners of pregnant women or women who are trying to get apartments that's relevant not sending. And then. It's never fun to be sick no one wants to get as he can faction and there are some associations when Killian RA which is really serious neurological disease. The it's. Yeah I I I like to think about this and in in the way I think about vaccines is that. You vaccinated protect yourself but also those people around you and and when it comes physique so much of the effort is is about trying to protect pregnant women and you can only do that by everybody in the community taking it seriously. Taking steps to reduce the number of mosquitoes that are. So that if you know pregnant women that community are less likely he did be it buys mosquito and possibly get this get this infection. But the infection itself. Is pretty mild I was in in Brazil back in February and it's an annoying infection 80% of people ES may have no symptoms but those who have them. The rash people described as very itchy and news some mild fever and it it's uncomfortable so. Don't want to have the infection. But it's an infection were where the majority people died in cedar doctor. Some scientists are saying part you could become permanently sterile as a possibility of any evidence of that. Anything Atlanta. And haven't heard anything it is to suggest that. Does it spread animals and can baby carriers. Or at least not not as is known now animals have been would be a reservoir. That goes for the frogs and lizards someone was asking about frogs and lizards. I don't know if you have pet frogs and lizards but I think that they should be fine. Same with the person with the dog it doesn't seem like dogs are at risk from cica. Can you contract seek my kids. Think there's any documentation that you book contracted it from. Can it's been found in saliva but there's no evidence there are a lot of things have been patents lives. Arden levels weird variables that transmit. There's one piece of Zeke he used. Is on explains that this is a situation where. An elderly person got Zeke died. We don't know the person died from Tico would seek and had other illnesses. But that person's caregivers. Do nosy and it's not clear out what kind of body whose human contact. Any last thoughts that you'd they like. The UP. I think it's really important that we react recognize this is. A problem for all of us this is not just for pregnant women this is not just for people trying to conceive we each have a responsibility to Wear bug repellent pocket it. Prevent sexual transmission and trying interrupt spread in our own country. Buried thank you so much of what I really appreciate it. And thank you offer joining us and follow ABC news we're covering this story in depth. On all of our platforms thank you.

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