A growing number of US doctors are likely to have contracted the Zika virus, including more than a dozen at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
Key points:Dr Anthony Fauci says more US medical schools need to be equipped with diagnostic tools for diagnosing and treating the virusDr Fauc says the US government should fund research to develop vaccinesDr Fazio says there are many US doctors who have been infected and infected againDr Fancher says it’s likely that more than 100,000 people in the US will become infected with Zika within the next monthDr Faulci said the number of infected US doctors has increased in recent days and that they were likely to be in more hospitals.
“We’ve seen a lot of these cases come into Emory over the past week or so,” Dr Faucci told ABC News.
“The numbers are not increasing in any of the hospitals, but it’s certainly happening more and more frequently.”
The National Institutes of Health is planning to spend $7.5 million on a new medical school building in Atlanta and the state of Georgia will soon approve $2 million in additional funding for the project.
But some doctors say the CDC and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have been slow to respond to the virus and there are concerns about how they will handle the pandemic.
“There’s a lot that needs to happen,” Dr Chris Fanchel, a medical school admissions officer at Emry University, said.
“I think that we’re in a state of emergency.
The only way that we can be successful in this country is to do everything we can to contain this virus and to have a robust response.”
Dr Fausco said there are also concerns about the CDC’s response to the pandemics, which are currently spreading to other countries.
“It’s a bit disappointing that the CDC has been slow in responding to this,” he said.”[The CDC] has the authority to say that they are going through the appropriate channels, but the way they are handling this is concerning.”
Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, a professor of public health at Emrys Medical School, said he believed it was likely that at least 20% of US physicians were infected with the virus.
“As soon as they have the virus, they’ll start having other symptoms,” he told the ABC.
“If you have a diagnosis of Zika, then the first thing that you should do is go to the doctor, which could be two to three weeks later.”
He said there were no direct tests available, but said the CDC could do a blood test or test a urine sample.
“You would think the CDC would have the technology to get a sample of blood, and you would expect that to be available by now,” he added.
Dr Mozaffari said that, while he didn’t think the virus was a major concern for the public, it was important for people to be aware of the virus because it could cause complications in people who already have a genetic condition that causes the virus to be passed on.
“My main concern is that this is going to make it harder for people who are at risk of getting the virus,” he explained.
“What happens is, if you get Zika you might not know you have it until the next flu season, or a pandemic comes.”
People should be aware that there are other viruses that are out there, but they don’t have to be afraid to get tested and be diagnosed if they think they have Zika.
“Dr Mozafarian said the lack of testing was a concern for those who were at risk.”
That would be the most concerning,” he suggested.”
And then you’ve got people who haven’t tested, and then you don’t know who to contact and who to quarantine because you’ve been in the same room with them.
“Dr Anthony Rauch, a senior lecturer at the School of Public Health at Emys, said the virus had not yet spread to other US states, but that the state that has had the highest number of confirmed cases was New York.”
This has been the worst state in the country, and I think it is the worst, but I think that the states where it has been reported the most are states that have had the most people who have contracted it,” he agreed.
Dr Rauchan said it was not clear if New York was the only state that had seen a spike in cases.”
New York has a large and diverse population, so if you have one place that has more than one case of the disease it might be more likely to show a spike,” he noted.
Dr Fajr said there was no way to be sure, but some doctors at Emyrs Medical School were worried that the virus could be spreading across the US.”
Some of the doctors I spoke to are concerned about it, because the number is increasing every day,” he