City officials hold briefing amid growing concern over Zika virus

City officials held a press briefing amid growing concern over the Zika virus. Three people from New York City have been infected with Zika virus

City officials held a press briefing amid growing concern over the Zika virus. Three people from New York City have been infected with Zika virus while outside of the country.

City officials held a press briefing amid growing concern over the Zika virus. Three people from New York City have been infected with Zika virus while outside of the country. (1/28/16)

NEW YORK - City officials held a press briefing amid growing concern over the Zika virus.

Three people from New York City have been infected with Zika virus while outside of the country.  

The virus is transmitted by mosquitos and recently spread through many Latin American and Caribbean countries at a rapid pace. 

Zika virus can cause birth defects, so governments across the world are advising pregnant women against going to the areas where it's been detected.

City officials say the Health Department is working closely with the CDC to educate those who may travel to countries where the Zika virus is commonly found.

Symptoms of the virus include fever, muscle and joint pain, rashes and headaches, according to health officials.

There is no current vaccination to prevent Zika infections, but it cannot be spread directly from person to person, the CDC says.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: NYPD officers in same precinct discover they 1 VIDEO: NYPD officers in same precinct discover they are sisters
News 12 the Bronx hit the streets to 2 Word on the Street: Paying for reserved parking
A 21-year-old woman died after being shot in 3 Man in custody in Tinton Ave. slaying
A pizzeria in Belmont that's been in the 4 Boogie Down Bites: Pugsley Pizza
VIDEO: Defense closing arguments in Mall at Short 5 VIDEO: Defense closing arguments in Mall at Short Hills murder trial

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

RECIFE, BRAZIL - JANUARY 26: Grandmother Ivalda Caetano WHO responding to fears over Zika

(AP) - The World Health Organization has called Thursday's special session on Zika in part

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE