Health Department: First baby born with Zika virus in New York City

The first baby born with the Zika virus in New York has been reported, according to the city's Health Department.

Health officials say the baby was delivered Friday with Zika-related microcephaly at a hospital in New York City.

They say mother and baby are currently being monitored by doctors, and that the mother was infected with Zika while in an area of the world where transmission is ongoing.

Health officials say the baby has been diagnosed with microcephaly, a brain disorder that causes an infant's head to appear small and shrunken and has been linked to the Zika virus.

Officials also say this is likely not going to be the last case in New York. 

The Health Department says doctors have already requested testing for more than 2,000 pregnant women who have traveled to areas active with transmission of Zika. 

The Health Department also says it is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the case.

"We are now really focused on getting out the message that the pregnant person who we have to seek to protect both from travel associate infection and potential sexual transmission if her partner has traveled," said Dr. Mary T. Bassett, the NYC Health Commissioner. "Remember 80 percent of infections are symptomatic so the man who comes back is advised to have safe sex or abstain from sex for eight weeks regardless of symptoms."

Last week, the first case of a woman sexually transmitting the Zika virus to her partner was reported in New York City.

The city also says it has a $21 million investment in preparing the city for Zika, which includes expanding the capacity of the public health laboratory to meet the demand from Zika surveillance and testing. 

The department warns New Yorkers to not travel to countries where the virus is prevalent if pregnant or trying to conceive.

The New York City Health Department says it is not releasing any details about the patients or their whereabouts at this time. 


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