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Good Samaritan Hospital’s Zika Video Offers Tips to Avoid Virus

September 13th, 2016

With Zika virus more prominent in the news, Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, has released a video that provides vital information about risk factors for the virus, knowing the symptoms, and what to do if you suspect you may have contracted Zika.

Jonathan Gillen-Goldstein, MD, Interim Chairman of Obstetrics & Gynecology for Good Samaritan, explains that the prime risk factor for contracting the mosquito-borne flavivirus is an individual’s country of origin. People living in areas of the world that are more prone toward mosquito carrying diseases, such Latin America and South America, and would be more likely to be bitten by mosquitos carrying the disease. Zika has only been detected in the United States, specifically in Florida, within the last 18 months as people emigrate to America from other countries.

Dr. Gillen-Goldstein explains that there is a good deal of circumstantial evidence connecting Zika virus and fetal outcomes. Recently there has been a higher incidence in microcephaly which has now been documented with the finding of Zika virus in the tissue of newborns with microcephaly.

“Whenever we are dealing with women who are pregnant or considering getting pregnant we advise avoiding endemic areas to avoid being exposed to the virus,” says Dr. Gillen-Goldstein. “This eliminates the risk factor.”

Dr. Gillen-Goldstein advises that if someone has traveled to an endemic area and has two of the four main symptoms of Zika virus infection -  low grade fever, rash, conjunctivitis, and joint pain – they visit their doctor to be tested.

The video can be found on the Good Samaritan Hospital’s YouTube page,