‘Better now, but it sure took its time.’ That’s how Nick Brown (pictured), the San Juan, Puerto Rico bureau chief for Reuters, replied to one well-wisher on Twitter today in the wake of his piece about contracting the Zika virus.
The symptoms first hit in June, lingered for two weeks, and then returned anew a week later. Brown writes that he initially thought some throat pain might be a reaction to a cigar he had smoked:
My mother was the first to suspect I was infected with the virus that arrived in Puerto Rico in December 2015, four months after I’d begun an assignment as Reuters’ San Juan bureau chief.
Initially, I laughed off her internet diagnosis as the overwrought worries of a long-distance mom. But I agreed to see my long-time physician during a visit home in late June.
A visit to Dr. Kevin Wallace at Murray Hill Medical Group and a sample sent to the New York City Health Department soon confirmed mom’s worst fears. Brown’s wife, a lawyer and publishing professional, has remained in Brooklyn during her husband’s one-year posting to Puerto Rico.
But as he writes, the Zika episode led her to cancel a planned long-weekend visit to Puerto Rico, meeting Brown in Florida instead. The journalist also agreed to take part in a CDC study related to the disease, receiving test kits every two weeks via FedEx.
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