Local doctors inundated with calls about Zika

Posted at 11:23 PM, Feb 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 07:44:39-05

Some local doctor's offices say they've been inundated with calls about Zika virus.

This comes as more and more cases of the virus are being reported throughout the U.S., including in Erie County.

"Many people are calling and asking what should I do what shouldn't I do," said Dr. Michael Sullivan of Buffalo IVF. 

Dr. Sullivan says patients are calling about trips they've had planned to areas like Jamaica and Costa Rica, warm climates where Zika has been detected.

"We wish we had a better answer for them but the answer is you probably should stay home in Buffalo where it's nice and cold and we don't have any mosquitos."

Dr. Sullivan's patients at Buffalo IVF are mostly women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant. 

"You get one chance at every pregnancy so you have to use proper precaution."

Many local women are hitting the panic button since a case of Zika was reported in Erie County, but health officials say not to. Each case of Zika so far in the U.S. has been brought here from one of the infected countries.

That's what we know about the virus. What we don't know and what doctors are still studying is the long-term effects of Zika, and how long it stays in your body.

"We don't know the answer to that," Sullivan said. "What we would assume is any virus that you can clear, you clear that virus and have immunity. We hope that happens with Zika, if you're infected once and you clear the infection that you shouldn't be infected again."

Still, Dr. Sullivan says his office is regularly receiving information from the CDC, as Zika continues to spread.

That information is available for you, right now on the CDC website.