324 Confirmed Zika Cases in NYC, Number Will Rise

NEW YORK (AP) -
Close up of a mosquito sucking human blood.
Close up of a mosquito sucking human blood.

A public health official said Thursday there are currently 324 confirmed Zika cases in New York, a number that will likely rise as more people travel this summer to the Caribbean and Latin America.

On Wednesday, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said there were 233 cases in the city, of which more than half were detected in people who recently arrived from the Dominican Republic. Another 20 were detected in people arriving from Puerto Rico and 14 others from those who had visited Guyana.

The mosquito-borne virus that may cause birth defects in expectant women is causing an epidemic in those regions.