Health care workers in Michigan are struggling with an increase in the number of patients seeking treatment at the state’s six emergency rooms after they were exposed to the Zika virus.
The state health department says the number is more than double the normal number of cases.
“I’m really concerned about our people getting treated in these emergency rooms, especially people who have had the most severe infection,” Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said on the state television network WDIV.
The health department said its staff is also working overtime to track the number and location of patients in the emergency rooms.
The department said it has received reports of patients arriving at the emergency room from the southeastern states of Georgia and Tennessee and Mississippi.
“I can’t say we’ve had an overwhelming number of them,” Johnson said.
“But it’s an increasing number of people coming to our emergency rooms.”