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  • ​More Zika cases in New York City, all from travel abroad

    More Zika cases in New York, all from travel abroad
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    BY
    JACQUELINE CUTLER
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, June 29, 2016, 3:09 PM
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    The city has confirmed 233 cases of Zika, all of which were a result of people traveling, New York City Commissioner of Health Dr. Mary T. Bassett said Wednesday.

    The most frequently visited areas among the patients were the Dominican Republic, with 140 cases, Puerto Rico, with 20 cases and Guyana with 14. The remaining 59 cases were from people who traveled to other countries.
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    http://www.nydailynews.com/life-styl...icle-1.2692911

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    Latest Facts and Advisories as of 6/29/2016 [Español (PDF)]

    Reported cases of Zika in New York City: 233

    24 of the 233 cases were pregnant at the time of diagnosis;
    All cases contracted Zika while visiting other countries; and
    All patients have recovered.

    What the City is Doing as of 6/29/2016

    Monitoring mosquito populations and applying pesticides when appropriate throughout the summer months to reduce the number of mosquitoes, minimizing the risk of mosquito-borne diseases. For a complete schedule, visit our Mosquitoes Spraying Events page.
    Working closely with the CDC and the state to actively monitor the situation.
    Visiting OB/GYN offices and other clinics where there are populations from Zika-affected countries. Outreach teams will increase availability and awareness on local Zika testing criteria to providers who treat pregnant women.
    Meeting with experts who focus on clinical implications of the virus and mosquito control strategies – including health experts in Southern States and the Caribbean – to look at their existing plans.
    Distributing the Travel Warning: Zika and Pregnancy flyer to providers, elected officials, Health Department clinics, and community and faith based organizations.
    Developing a public awareness campaign around mosquito bite prevention.
    Conducting outreach to women’s health providers including OB/GYN, Pediatrics and Family Medicine facilities.
    Conducting outreach to community and faith based organizations to educate on the risks of travelling to impacted countries.
    Preparing for the start of mosquito season in April by expanding upon current mosquito control activities used to prevent West Nile Virus if Zika virus is found locally.
    Advising providers to check for symptoms of Zika virus in patients who have travelled and report cases to the Health Department.
    Implementing Zika virus testing at New York City’s public health laboratory
    Working with New York City health care providers to test people at risk for Zika virus infection.

    http://www1.nyc.gov/site/doh/health/...ika-virus.page
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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    Dominicans Lead Among Those Testing Positive for Zika in New York City

    By MARC SANTORAJUNE 29, 2016

    After the Dominican Republic, the countries most frequently visited by patients who tested positive for the virus were Puerto Rico, with 20 cases, and Guyana, the small South American nation, with 14. Credit Joshua Bright for The New York Times

    More than half of those who have tested positive for the Zika virus in New York City had traveled in recent months to the Dominican Republic, the health department said on Wednesday, releasing data from its latest round of testing.

    The results were a stark reminder that, as the summer travel season begins, many of the most popular destinations for New Yorkers in the Caribbean and Latin America pose a serious health risk, especially for pregnant women.

    The new and more detailed data — which broke down cases by borough and by travel history — was issued in the form of a health alert to doctors and health care providers across the city.

    Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the city’s health commissioner, said that of the 233 people who have tested positive, 140 had reported recently arriving from the Dominican Republic.

    After the Dominican Republic, the countries most frequently visited by patients who tested positive for the virus were Puerto Rico, with 20 cases, and Guyana, the small South American nation, with 14.
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    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/30/ny...york-city.html
    "Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
    -Nelson Mandela

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