Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The virus is not contagious and cannot be transmitted by coming into physical contact with another human, said health officials. Zika virus is primarily contracted from an infected Aedes mosquito. It can also be transmitted from a pregnant mother to her baby during pregnancy, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.State health officials urged residents who are considering traveling to Central and South American countries where the virus is prevalent to check all health advisories and take preventive measures.“There is virtually no risk of acquiring Zika virus in New York State at this time as the virus cannot be spread by casual contact with an infected person, and mosquitoes are not active in cold winter months,” said state Department of Health Commissioner Howard Zucker.The CDC says about two-dozen countries are grappling with the virus. The agency also issued a travel alert for people heading to nearly all the countries where the virus is being transmitted.Officials overseas have turned to drastic measures to try and prevent birth defects in children. In El Salvador, the government has advised women to halt any pregnancies until 2018. Brazil is calling upon its military to help eradicate the mosquitoes.An image of a baby suffering from Microcephaly. (Courtesy: CDC)The impact to unborn babies could lead to lifelong complications. Among the birth defects that have been reported is microcephaly, a condition in which a baby’s head fails to grow at a normal pace, according to the CDC.Pregnant woman are advised to postpone travel or to follow strict preventive steps if traveling is a must. Women considering pregnancy should speak with their doctor about the risks posed by the Zika virus, the CDC advised.Previous outbreaks of the virus have been reported in such tropical areas as Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands.“Zika virus will likely continue to spread to new areas,” the CDC warned.Health officials said only one in five people who are infected actually fall ill. The symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain, red eyes, muscle pain, and headaches. The incubation period is believed to last anywhere from a few days to a week.There are no known vaccines to treat or prevent the virus.LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH ACTIVE ZIKA VIRUS TRANSMISSIONSZika Virus Map (Courtesy: CDC)AmericasBarbadosBoliviaBrazilColombiaDominican RepublicEcuadorEl SalvadorFrench GuianaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuyanaHaitiHondurasMartiniqueMexicoPanamaParaguayPuerto RicoSaint MartinSurinameU.S. Virgin IslandsVenezuelaOceania/Pacific IslandsSamoaAfricaCape Verde Embed from Getty Images A person living in Nassau County is among three people statewide who have tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus that has officials in Latin American countries warning of potential birth defects.The person who contracted the virus has recently traveled to an area outside the United States where there is confirmed transmission of the virus, according to Mary Ellen Lorraine, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Department of Health.The unidentified resident contracted the virus in August, she told the Press. Lorraine was unable to provide details of the person’s sex, age or town of residence. She did say, however, that the person is not pregnant.One patient has fully recovered and the two others are recovering without any complications, state health officials said.
“I put it down to the liveability of the suburb,” Ms Fraser said. “The community Chelmer embraces is so rare and that’s why so many people flock there — the beautiful homes, the infrastructure we have, the schooling, the railway line, and the easy access to the CBD.”Northgate experienced house price growth of 25 per cent in the year to September, despite general weakness in the overall housing market.Unlike Chelmer, it has a more affordable median house price of $733,500, but bargains are becoming harder to find. This house at 51 Junior Tce, Northgate, has sold for $1.05m.Rebecca and Marko Vuksanovic have just sold their house at 51 Junior Terrace in Northgate for $1.05 million, making a healthy profit on what they bought it for six years ago.“We were quite pleasantly surprised,” Mrs Vuksanovic said.“It was a bit of a record for this little pocket and sold after the first open home.”The couple are relocating overseas, but could not be happier to have invested in the suburb.“It was perfect for us,” Mrs Vuksanovic said. “My husband and I both work locally, it’s got awesome proximity to the city, the airport and freeways north and south. “We just think it’s the perfect suburb.” More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoThis three-bedroom, one-bathroom house at 145 Gympie St, Northgate, is for sale for offers in the mid $800,000s.Selling agent Dwight Colbert of Ray White – Aspley Group said he had noticed “continuously strong” growth in Northgate in the six years he had been selling homes there.Mr Colbert said he had sold more than 20 homes in the suburb in the past 12 months and part of its appeal to buyers was its proximity to the airport, Northgate train station and the CBD.“I think everyone thinks Northgate is the older suburb, with older homes, but … people udnerestimate the value of the homes in Northgate,” Mr Colbert said. “It is now becoming one of those attraction locations people want to be in.”The Ipswich region also featured prominently on the list of suburbs to record double digit house price growth in the year to September. This three-bedroom house at 18 Gibbon St, East Ipswich, is on the market for only $395,000+.The median house price in Ipswich rose 20 per cent to hit $385,000, while North Ipswich experienced 12 per cent growth and Ripley recorded an 11 per cent increase in its median house price to $415,000. Greater Brisbane’s top 10 suburbs to defy the downturn. Source: Realestate.com.au.On the Gold Coast, premium suburbs with homes with $1 million-plus price tags recorded the highest growth.Suburbs such as Kingscliff, Paradise Point, Clear Island Waters, and Surfers Paradise weathered the downturn — recording double digit price growth. Now that buyers are back and auction clearance rates are improving, some experts are calling the bottom of the market.SQM Research managing director Louis Christopher said he believed Brisbane home prices were “close to fair value” after an extended period where there was a wind-down of housing prices relative to incomes.“The worst overvaluation recorded was early 2008 whereby the market was 45 per cent overvalued,” Mr Christopher said. “This occurred as a result of the Brisbane housing boom of 2003 to 2008 — a period where housing prices doubled in just five years.”Mr Christopher expects the Brisbane market to respond to recent interest rate cuts and relative loose credit for the remainder of the year.“We are forecasting a 0.6 per cent rise in housing prices for the current September quarter and a further 1.5 per cent for the December quarter,” he said. Three Greater Brisbane suburbs made the top 10 list of national suburbs that defied the downturn. Source: Realestate.com.auHouse prices in Chelmer, Northgate and Ipswich jumped at a time when most suburbs around the nation were going backwards. Chelmer and Northgate even beat the affluent suburb of Vaucluse in Sydney.From waterfront enclaves to first homebuyer hot spots, Greater Brisbane’s lifestyle, affordability, amentiy and access to jobs proved just how resilient the city’s housing market is.The leafy riverside suburb of Chelmer, in Brisbane’s west, recorded the strongest house price growth of 31 per cent year-on-year in the 12 months to the end of August, according to realestate.com.au. This five-bedroom, two-bathroom house at 17 Lama St, Chelmer, is for sale.The phenomenal growth saw Chelmer’s median house price increase to $1.29 million.Chelmer residents David and Yvonne Todd are selling their stunning, five-bedroom Georgian-style house at 17 Lama Street after living there for 11 years.Mr Todd said he was not surprised by the growth in the suburb because it had so much to offer.“There’s certainly been a lot of investment in the area from people improving their properties, so we’re certainly very cognicant of the suburb’s performance,” Mr Todd said.The couple was initially attracted to Chelmer because of its proximity to good schools, the fact it was on the train line and the community feel of the suburb.“What is interesting in the area is there seems to be a huge amount of people who live all their lives here, but might move within the area,” Mr Todd said. This family home at 65 Victoria St, Chelmer, is for sale.Now that their three children have grown up and left home, the Todds are looking to downsize and plan to spend more time in Europe.“My wife is a photographer and our youngest son is in Europe … so what we need is more of a lock up and go, rather than a family home,” Mr Todd said.Ann-Karyn Fraser of Place Estate Agents, who is marketing the home, said she had noticed the increase in house prices in Chelmer and the continued strong interest in the suburb and the surrounding suburbs of Graceville and Sherwood. MORE: The suburbs Aussie owners never leave David and Yvonne Todd at the house they are selling in Chelmer, which was the top Brisbane suburb to defy the downturn over the past year.BRISBANE has emerged the capital city least affected by the housing downturn, according to new evidence revealing the suburbs that recorded double-digit growth over the past year.It has been a tough year for the nation’s residential property market, but new research from realestate.com.au shows the Queensland capital weathered the storm better than most capital cities.Brisbane took out three of the top 10 national spots for suburbs that defied the downturn and recorded double-digit growth in the 12 months to September — the only city to do so apart from Adelaide, which also had three suburbs in the top 10. RELATED: QLD leads top 100 list for investors
It’s shaping up to be another exciting season in the Championship and, quite frankly, it’s anyone’s to win.For all the early talk of Leeds United winning the title they now sit third, with seven points separating the top 10 clubs.Meanwhile, the fight against relegation appears equally as tight as five points separate 15th spot to 23rd, although Ipswich Town are five adrift at the foot. 9 24. Bolton Wanderers – Real position = 23 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 923. Rotherham United – Real position = 18 (relegated)Real points = 18 | Expected points = 1022. Reading – Real position = 20 (relegated)Real points = 16 | Expected points = 1421. Ipswich Town – Real position = 24Real points = 11 | Expected points = 14 7. Bristol City – Real position = 13Real points = 22 | Expected points = 276. Queens Park Rangers – Real position = 10 (play-off spot)Real points = 26 | Expected points = 285. Birmingham City – Real position = 12 (play-off spot)Real points = 24 | Expected points = 284. Norwich City – Real position = 1 (play-off spot)Real points = 33 | Expected points = 28 9 West Brom striker Dwight Gayle has been in the goals this season. 9 12. Blackburn Rovers – Real position = 9Real points = 26 | Expected points = 2311. Preston North End – Real position = 18Real points = 18 | Expected points = 2310. Swansea City – Real position = 8Real points = 26 | Expected points = 23 Ipswich Town fans celebrate a goal in their derby clash with Norwich City Sheffield United star Eddie McGoldrick misses a penalty against Sheffield Wednesday. 9 Norwich City players celebrate with their own fans at Ipswich Town’s Portman Road. 9 14. Stoke City – Real position = 14Real points = 22 | Expected points = 2213. Aston Villa – Real position = 11Real points = 24 | Expected points = 22 Jack Marriott celebrates scoring for Derby 9 Millwall players celebrate Jack Grealish in action for Aston Villa. Here at talkSPORT.com we’re always keeping an eye on EFL Stats on Twitter to see how Football League players and clubs are performing based on their expected goals and other data.They have come up with an alternative table based on their rough xG ratings across the whole season.Find out how the stats believe the Championship SHOULD be shaping up below… 1. Sheffield United – Real position = 4 (Championship title winners)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 36 20. Sheffield Wednesday – Real position = 17Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1519. Millwall – Real position = 21Real points = 16 | Expected points = 18 9 Expected goals (xG) is a statistic used to work out how many goals should be scored in a match.Every single shot is awarded an xG value based on the difficulty of the attempt, with factors including distance from goal, type of shot and number of defenders present affecting the value.The higher the xG of a particular shot, the more likely a goal should be scored from that shot.The xG value of every shot in a game is then used to calculate the expected goals in a particular match. 9 9 18. Wigan Athletic – Real position = 16Real points = 20 | Expected points = 1917. Hull City – Real position = 22Real points = 16 | Expected points = 2016. Nottingham Forest – Real position = 7Real points = 27 | Expected points = 2115. Derby County – Real position = 6Real points = 28 | Expected points = 21 What is expected goals? 3. Middlesbrough – Real position = 2 (play-off spot)Real points = 31 | Expected points = 312. Leeds United – Real position = 3 (automatic promotion)Real points = 30 | Expected points = 32 Tom Carroll in action for Swansea City. Kemar Roofe celebrates scoring against Nottingham Forest. 9. Brentford – Real position = 15Real points = 21 | Expected points = 258. West Bromwich Albion – Real position = 5Real points = 28 | Expected points = 26