Three New Yorkers were tested positive to Zika , responsible for serious defects fetus and a baby births increased with an abnormally small skull in Latin America, reported health authorities on Friday. The three had traveled outside the United States in areas where the tiger mosquito vector of the virus progresses rapidly, said the health officials of the State of New York. A contaminated people is completely healed and others are better, they added. The United States Friday recommended that pregnant women not to travel in 22 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Thousands of cases of microcephaly were recorded in Latin America in infants, and New York authorities have urged caution those traveling in these areas. “We call on the people, especially pregnant women, to learn before undertaking travel to these countries,” said the head of State Health Services New York, Howard Zucker.
There is no cure and no vaccine against this disease, only treatment of the symptoms. These events are usually flu-like (fever, headache, body aches) with rashes, and appear within three to 12 days after the bite of the mosquito. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) reported 13,500 people affected by the virus in Colombia and a hundred babies with microcephaly, government banking on 600,000 cases in 2016.
In Brazil 3893 cases (including 49 deaths) were reported in 2015, against November 1248 and only 147 in the whole year 2014. Zika also hit El Salvador (5561 patients) and Honduras (608). A few dozen cases are reported in other countries.
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