Zika virus reaches New York

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let's hope the cold and snow will slow down the spread



Zika virus reaches New York
A virus likely to have caused thousands of birth defects in Brazil has been found in three individuals in New York. Pregnant women traveling abroad have been warned to exercise particular caution.

The New York State Department of Health announced on its website late Friday that three people in the state had tested positive for the Zika virus . The virus, well known in Latin American and Caribbean countries, is known to cause birth defects such as microcephaly if pregnant women become infected.

The Zika virus is often transmitted by mosquitoes, and has been likened to a milder form of dengue fever. No medicine or vaccine exists against the virus, which causes symptoms like rash, fever, pink eye and joint pain, and so the only cure is rest.

Health officials in New York said the three patients had recently returned from countries were the virus is prevalent, and that one had already recovered.

"…This is a time of year when people travel to warmer climates and countries where Zika virus is found, we are urging residents, especially pregnant women, to check all health advisories before traveling and take preventive measures when traveling to affected countries," said state health commissioner Howard Zucker.

Under normal circumstances, Zika is not a particularly common virus, but health authorities have had cause to worry over an extended outbreak in Brazil that began last year. Since October, some 3,500 babies in the South American nation have been diagnosed with microcephaly, a debilitating condition which causes their heads to be smaller than normal and can lead to disruptions of motor skills, speech ability, and mobility.

more to read: Zika virus reaches New York | News | DW.COM | 23.01.2016
 
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It's all over the UK news, WHO are talking about explosive spread. It appears to be mosquito carried. All of the Americas other than Canada and Chile (presumably too cold) are threatened.

Zika virus: Outbreak 'likely to spread across Americas' says WHO - BBC News
the three that have the virus were infected elsewhere. The problem is that durring the hot months more people will be bringing the virus to the us and go undetected.

Since they are not bearing children, it will never be detected. Men, women, and children can carry the virus.

In the hot months, all those that have the virus will be vectors. Mosquitoes will spread the virus here. More people carrying the virus makes pregnant women more susceptible for the virus. More pregnant women with the virus means more defects in children born.
 
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It's curious that Zika wasn't known to infect mothers who gave birth to babies with microcephaly until 2014. I saw a report that said Zika had undergone 2 recent genomic rearrangements.
 
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