Physicians East Infectious Disease specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of a full range of acute and chronic infectious diseases. It is headed by Dr. T. Ryan Gallaher, an award-winning physician who completed his infectious disease fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. With specialized training and diagnostic tools to help determine the cause of an infection and identify the best approach to treatment, Dr. Gallaher frequently works in cooperation with other physicians to diagnose, treat and develop coordinated care plans. The department is also a bridge for patients who go home from the hospital on IV therapy. Physicians East Infectious Disease provides a variety of diagnostic and treatment services including IV antibiotic infusion, PICC line management with certified RN support, and travel medicine consultations and inoculations.
The Zika virus is a flavivirus (in the family of yellow fever, dengue fever) that is transmitted to humans via the bite of a Aedes mosquito (the same mosquito that transmits yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya). It is only contagious from person to person through sexual contact. The most common symptoms are fevers, myalgias (muscle pain), joint pain, conjunctivitis, and rash. Most people are asymptomatic or have a mild course. However, there have been reports of birth defects (specifically microcephaly) and poor outcomes in pregnant patients to the extent that the CDC has issued a travel warning to areas/countries affected (see CDC.gov/zika for further guidance). There is no cure for the virus and treatment is supportive (i.e. fluids and rest and anti-inflammatory medications). For more information, feel free to call the Physicians East Department of Infectious Disease.
1850 W. Arlington Blvd.
Greenville, NC 27834