Zika Update

July 28, 2016
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We are receiving a lot of calls and questions regarding Zika and rightfully so.  This is certainly an emerging problem with many more questions than answers.  I find it difficult to give exact recommendations regarding Zika because there is still so much we do not know.  We certainly have been traveling to areas for decades that have been quite affected by malaria, yellow fever, and dengue which are essentially the same areas affected by Zika.  These diseases are quite harmful and make many more people sick then Zika has.  However, I personally would be cautious about traveling to affected areas if my family was pregnant or thinking about pregnancy.   There are recent reports of transmission here in the US and the current expectation is that local transmission may rise.

 

Zika may be circulating locally in Fla., public health officials say

Public health officials are investigating four cases of Zika virus infection in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward counties that may have been acquired locally. Authorities are trapping mosquitoes and testing residents near those who have been infected, and they say the pattern of new Zika cases “is consistent with other mosquito-borne virus investigations.”
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Dr. Brian is originally from Denver, CO and spent many winters and summers in Grand County while growing up. Dr. Brian had a deep fondness for skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and soccer. Dr. Brian graduated from Arvada West High School, attended UC Boulder and graduated with BA in Music where he was a Music Composition major. Dr. Brian completed pre-med courses through Metropolitan State University then attended medical school at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. Brian chose a Residency in Pediatrics at the University of California- Davis in Sacramento, California. Brian and Lindsay have two children, Zach and Ethan.