Health Dept.: 4 more babies born with Zika in NY

The Health Department says four more babies have been born with the Zika virus in New York. Side effects of the disease include smaller heads and brain or eye problems. That brings the total to

News 12 Staff

Dec 8, 2016, 8:09 AM

Updated 2,744 days ago

Share:

The Health Department says four more babies have been born with the Zika virus in New York.
Side effects of the disease include smaller heads and brain or eye problems.
That brings the total to five babies who have been born with the virus so far in the city, and eight other infants have tested positive without showing any symptoms. Those eight will be monitored for at least a year.
Health officials are urging pregnant women or women who might be pregnant to avoid areas where Zika may be transmitted.
According to the Department on Health, as of Dec. 2, 8,000 New Yorkers have been tested for Zika virus. Of those, 962 have tested positive, including 325 pregnant women. All of the cases were associated with travel.
The virus itself primarily spreads through mosquito bites. Six of the positive tests in NYC were transmitted sexually.
"Remember to practice safe sex, because the risk is still there," says Oxiris Barbot, the Health Department's first deputy commissioner. "What we're finding is that with some of these infants, the moms don't remember being symptomatic during their pregnancy."
The city is also launching an ad campaign discouraging travel to places like the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America and parts of Miami.


More from News 12
2:19
STORM WATCH: Tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday in the Bronx

STORM WATCH: Tracking steamy conditions, thunderstorms for Friday in the Bronx

1:56
Purple ribbons fill Joyce Kilmer Park to raise awareness about ongoing opioid crisis

Purple ribbons fill Joyce Kilmer Park to raise awareness about ongoing opioid crisis

1:03
Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers in New York City

Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse at juvenile detention centers in New York City

1:44
Bronx Small Business Challenge winner challenging gender roles through woodworking

Bronx Small Business Challenge winner challenging gender roles through woodworking

2:19
Proposed child care budget cuts have some worried about their kids’ future

Proposed child care budget cuts have some worried about their kids’ future

1:33
New public park gives Bronx residents waterfront access

New public park gives Bronx residents waterfront access

1:29
NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

NYPD: 42-year-old stabbed, robbed outside Williamsbridge bodega after argument; suspects at large

1:55
From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination

From the Bronx to Broadway: Actress Kecia Lewis earns her first Tony nomination

1:32
Free training helps Fordham businesses learn de-escalation tactics

Free training helps Fordham businesses learn de-escalation tactics

0:30
Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

Unanimous Supreme Court preserves access to widely used abortion medication

0:20
New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

New York settles with Juul for $112 million over youth vaping epidemic

0:15
Police: Man found with fatal stab wound to the chest in Mount Hope

Police: Man found with fatal stab wound to the chest in Mount Hope

0:29
NYPD: 44-year-old man fatally shot in the head in Mott Haven

NYPD: 44-year-old man fatally shot in the head in Mott Haven

0:34
New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

New York state legislation could allow schools to cancel class on 'extreme heat’ days

1:28
NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

NYPD: 37-year-old woman from Mount Vernon fatally slashed in the neck in Williamsbridge; suspect arrested

1:58
'It is definitely creating a buzz.' Student launches new business funded by Wakefield school

'It is definitely creating a buzz.' Student launches new business funded by Wakefield school

1:52
Bronx school watches USA vs. India in New York’s final Cricket World Cup match

Bronx school watches USA vs. India in New York’s final Cricket World Cup match

1:45
Morris Park community demands end to gun violence following death of 29-year-old man

Morris Park community demands end to gun violence following death of 29-year-old man

0:51
Health fair in the Bronx spotlights needs of LGBTQ+ community

Health fair in the Bronx spotlights needs of LGBTQ+ community

1:53
Police: 4 men use hammers, axes to steal 30 pairs of designer glasses in Co-op City

Police: 4 men use hammers, axes to steal 30 pairs of designer glasses in Co-op City