Kaiser Health News
I’m the health reporter covering the Zika story here at WLRN in Miami, and I’m a pregnant woman.
When Florida Gov. Rick Scott made free Zika testing available to all pregnant Floridians through the Florida Department of Health, I was one of the more than 2,200 women who took him up on the offer.
My station’s main studios are five blocks south of the Wynwood Zika zone, an area that authorities are recommending pregnant women avoid (though the advisory was updated to a less dire warning on Monday).
As it turned out, I had been inside the suspected transmission zone before we knew the risks.
So on the morning of Aug. 12, I went to my obstetrician’s office, gave blood and urine samples and was told that it would take about seven to 10 business days to get my results.
Four and a half weeks later, I was still waiting. I had plenty of company. [Read more…]