While world-class athletes and middle-class tourists alike are shunning countries ridden with the Zika virus, dozens of University of Mississippi Medical Center students, faculty and staff have not backed down.
In February, the World Health Organization declared the Zika virus' reach a global public-health emergency - yet nurses, dental and medical students, physicians, occupational therapists, pharmacists and others have continued to serve on medical missions to Haiti, Honduras, Peru, Nicaragua and other areas beset by outbreaks of the disease linked to paralysis and birth defects.
And many of them - including women of child-bearing age - plan to return, facing possible exposure to the mosquito-borne illness for which, so far, no cure has been found.
What they have found, instead, is a remedy for fear: the plight of the people they serve.
“Zika was definitely on people's minds,” said Logan Barlow, an RN and nurse-practitioner-in-training who traveled in May to Galette-Chambon, Haiti.Continue Reading...