New York Offers Zika Tests to Pregnant Women Travelers - NBC New York

New York Offers Zika Tests to Pregnant Women Travelers

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    New York Offers Zika Tests to Pregnant Women Travelers
    File - AP

     

    Pregnant women in New York who have recently traveled to countries impacted by the Zika virus can now get free tests for the infection.

     

    The state Department of Health issued an advisory about the free testing to health care providers around the state on Thursday.

    Pregnant Woman Diagnosed With Zika Virus; 3 Confirmed NYC Cases

    [NY] Pregnant Woman Diagnosed With Zika Virus; 3 Confirmed NYC Cases
    A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say. A pregnant woman was diagnosed with Zika virus after visiting a country stricken with the mosquito-borne illness that may cause birth defects, New York City health officials say. Ida Siegal reports.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016)

    Authorities had already announced free testing for anyone exhibiting signs of the virus. So far, 11 New Yorkers have tested positive for Zika.

    All had traveled to Brazil and other places where mosquito bites have been linked to the infection and an increase in the number of children born with a congenital brain and skull condition.

    Symptoms are usually mild, can include a rash, fever, joint pain, or conjunctivitis and appear a few days after a bite by an infected mosquito.

    Last Week, New York City health officials announced that one pregnant woman contracted Zika after traveling to a country stricken with the virus.

    Get the latest from NBC 4 New York anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android