Gothamist reports today that a third person in New York City, a pregnant woman who was traveling abroad, has tested positive for the Zika virus. The virus has infected thousands in Latin America, and while illness related to the virus is generally limited to fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis, there does seem to be a link between the virus and microcephaly, a birth defect that causes babies to have abnormally small heads.

Brazil has reported more than 4,000 cases of microcephaly since October, prompting the CDC to issue travel warnings for pregnant women in 24 countries and territories affected by the Zika outbreak.

The World Health Organization estimates that the Zika virus could spread to 4 million people in the Americas just this year.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has written to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases urging its director to “prioritize research into developing diagnostic tests, vaccines and therapeutic drugs to fight the continued spread of the Zika virus.”

Following an emergency meeting of the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control issued tips to help Americans avoid the Zika virus. A large portion of the country isn’t worried about mosquito bites at the moment, but it’s likely the disease will keep spreading as warmer weather returns.

… and what the United States isn’t doing to address it.


WCCO reports that a 60-year-old woman has returned home to Minnesota from a trip to Honduras carrying the Zika virus. The CDC says there is no risk of the virus spreading within the state.

The Sacramento Bee reports that a case has been reported in California this week.

And while People magazine isn’t usually a source of medical information, it’s reporting that two Illinois residents — pregnant women, unfortunately — have tested positive for the Zika virus after returning home from trips out of the country.