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    State won't say if Zika has led to birth defects in NY

    Steve Orr, @SOrr1 4:48 p.m. EDT April 18, 2016

    Citing privacy concerns, state health officials will not say if the Zika virus has led to any birth defects in New York.

    To date, 69 New Yorkers have been diagnosed with Zika, the infectious virus that has swept through the Western Hemisphere over the last year. All but one of those state residents acquired the virus while traveling in parts of the world where the mosquito-borne virus is active — primarily, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. This figure included eight women who were pregnant at the time they became infection.

    The sole New York who didn't pick up the virus overseas is a state resident who acquired Zika through sexual contact with an infected man, one of a handful of people worldwide known to have become infected in this way.

    State health officials have verified that unusual occurrence but have declined to discuss the possibility of another: whether any of the eight pregnant women with Zika bore a child with birth defects.

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    http://www.democratandchronicle.com/...omes/83190484/
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