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Nassau Resident Infected With Birth Defects-Linked Zika Virus

first_imgSign 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 Imagescenter_img 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.last_img read more

Henriquez open to Wigan return

first_img He added: “But just being involved with a Premier League team, living the experience of first-team football and learning from other players and other teams has been very good. “You always improve and pick up new things from new managers and new players. “That was the point of the whole exercise, and I hope to show what I’ve learned when I return to Old Trafford.” Press Association Manchester United striker Angelo Henriquez has not ruled out a return to Wigan next season even though they have been relegated.center_img The 19-year-old Chilean joined the Latics on loan in January but made just eight appearances – which included only four in the Premier League as substitute – with his only goal coming in the 3-2 defeat at Sunderland. “I didn’t play a lot of football, which was obviously the target when I arrived in January,” Henriquez told the Wigan Evening Post. “I have enjoyed my time here (Wigan) and I wouldn’t rule out coming here again if that is a possibility. Who knows?” last_img read more