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Zika is 'game-changer' for OB-GYN doctors in Florida

By Kaiser Health News  
   August 05, 2016

On Monday, Dr. Tom Frieden, head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recommended Zika testing for all pregnant women who have traveled since June 15 to the one-square-mile zone near Miami where mosquitoes have likely spread the virus locally.

This article first appeared August 5, 2016 on the Kaiser Health News website

By Sammy Mack

Late last fall, Dr. Christine Curry was at a faculty meeting with her colleagues when the conversation turned to new reports linking the Zika virus to a surge in microcephaly in infants in Brazil.

"I think it's fair to say that most obstetricians had never heard of this virus a year ago," said Curry, who is an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Curry, an obstetrician with a background in virology, volunteered to look into it for the rest of the staff.

"I knew from the get-go that it may end up being nothing, and just an interesting story out of Brazil, or it may end up being a reproductive game-changer — which is, I think, where we're at right now," Curry said.

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