Thursday, June 2, 2016
Jonas Scholar Finds First Zika Case in the U.S.
When Dyan Summers’ patient suggested he might have a disease called “Zika Fever” in 2013, she was dubious.
In her 15 years as a certified nurse practitioner specializing in tropical medicine, Summers had diagnosed malaria, Dengue fever and at least one case of Cutaneous larva migrans—a thread-like worm lodged in a patient’s leg.
And while she has traveled to 37 countries, she had only read about Zika, a 2008 case where two American scientists contracted it in Senegal. Summers’ patient had a head-to toe-rash and exhaustion, classic symptoms of dengue, or Chikungunya, a mosquito-borne disease...