I’m a Doctor. I Was Unprepared When I Got This Disease.

By Deborah Heaney

Produced by Vishakha Darbha

Dr. Deborah Heaney was enjoying a vacation in the Caribbean when she was struck with a sudden, debilitating illness. It took her days, a flight home and some luck before she was finally diagnosed with dengue fever.

As temperatures rise globally, mosquito-borne tropical illnesses are spreading, and our medical systems are failing to keep up. In this audio essay, Dr. Heaney argues that the medical community must do a better job of incorporating education on diseases like dengue into their practice.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available within 24 hours of publication in the audio player above.)

Credit…Illustration by Akshita Chandra/The New York Times; Photograph by Mailson Pignata/Getty Images

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