Doctors in Pennsylvania say they can no longer treat patients with Zika
A handful of physicians in Pennsylvania are being told that they can’t treat patients who contracted the Zika virus through sex.
Dr. James Kuklinski, a pediatric urologist at the University of Pittsburgh, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was told by his superiors that they could no longer diagnose the condition, which can be treated with anti-retroviral drugs, unless he also reported it to his state health department.
The state Department of Health has since announced that it will begin requiring sex education and the testing of infected people.
KukLinski said that the department also notified him that it was investigating the situation.
“It’s very frustrating because, unfortunately, that’s the only way we can get them to take care of this,” Kuklais said.
“We are not in the business of denying people the care they need.
We’re in the best interest of our patients and our patients’ safety.”
Kuklinksi is the latest to publicly accuse his colleagues of failing to properly care for people with Zika.
In January, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that at least one doctor had admitted to using an inaccurate diagnosis to diagnose a woman who had contracted the virus from a partner.
That doctor, Dr. Robert Schulte, was fired and his wife charged with official misconduct.
Kuklaises co-author of a new book, “My Woman’s Guide to Sex and Reproductive Health,” said that his colleagues were also facing problems.
“I know a lot of these doctors that were told, ‘We can’t diagnose a Zika infection because we don’t have a Zika case,'” Kuklas said.
“We were not told about the risks and the consequences of having Zika, and I think that was a very, very bad message to the people who are trying to get pregnant and who have sex.”
So there are some people who were told that Zika is no big deal, that we are going to fix this thing.
That it’s just going to take time.
“Dr. Christopher Bostwick, a neurosurgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, said that many doctors were still not getting proper instruction on how to diagnose Zika.
He said that some of the doctors are treating patients in a way that is “not medically accurate,” but said that he did not think it was an indication that doctors were not treating the virus properly.”
That’s an admission of negligence,” Bostwicks said.
Bostwick added that his practice is now dealing with about a half-dozen cases of Zika infection that he has treated, and that the disease was “much less common” in his time as a physician.”
The vast majority of my cases are milder than the symptoms that I see and are the kind of things that would cause me to stop treating a patient,” he said.
As for the doctors who refuse to diagnose the virus, Bostweaks suggested that they should look to their own medical records.”
If they think that they’re not qualified to diagnose it, they’re going to have to do a little bit of thinking.”