Women in New York who have recently traveled to countries impacted by the Zika virus and are expecting should get tested for the infection, Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged.
Authorities had already announced free testing for anyone exhibiting signs of the virus. So far, five New York City residents have tested positive for Zika, including one expectant woman. However, there is concern that with the imminent arrival of spring, emerging mosquitoes will raise the number of victims.
All those infected had traveled to Brazil and other places where mosquito bites have been linked to the infection and an increase in the number of children born with a congenital brain and skull condition. The virus has also been reported in Mexico, the Caribbean, tropical Asia and parts of southeast Africa.
In a conversation with Hamodia, Abe Eisner, a prominent businessman and community activist,, warned that women under treatment should take special care to be tested. He said he was asked to pass this along by community organizations. Women who may be affected should consult with their doctors, he said.