Women who are pregnant are at risk now more than ever. They should avoid the Caribbean and South America, as those are countries that are rife with the Zika Virus.
On Thursday, health officials release information that links 32 babies in New York City that have tested positive for the Zika virus or have been born with Zika-related birth defects.
With the summing coming up, the travel season begins this weekend. The treat of the Zika virus is stronger than ever with popular vacation spots being the target.
Many New Yorker residents have family ties that take them to areas where the Zika Virus is a threat.
This mosquito-borne virus has been found in 1,067 New Yorkers since the outbreak. Out of all these cases, 402 of them, almost half, have been found to be in pregnant women.
Zika virus can affect infants in utero, resulting in birth defects. This virus is mainly acquired through travel, but a small percentage of them get it through sexual contact.
“We have identified 32 newborns who were affected in utero with Zika. Sixteen of them have birth defects,” said Dr. Mary Bassett. All of those cases are associated with travel, with a small minority getting it via sexual transmission. Men who have visited Zika-affected countries are urged to use condoms for at least six months. New York City health officials are launching a campaign to urge women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant to avoid travel to countries with the Zika virus, many of which are in the Caribbean and South America. Health officials on Thursday said 32 babies in the city have tested positive for Zika or have developed Zika-related birth defects. Dr. Fahimeh Sasan with Mount Sinai Hospital changed her plans of traveling to the Caribbean after recently having a baby. But her concern foes beyond her newborn. With the summer travel season beginning this weekend, the threat of Zika is strongest in vacation hotspots and countries where many New Yorkers have family ties. “It’s just as important as it was last year,” Sasan said. “It’s just as serious.”