To reduce mosquito activity, Zika risk, Health Department to spray New York, Queens neighborhoods
To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of the Zika Virus, the city health department will spray in certain New York and Queens neighborhoods this week.The city is also asking for federal assistance to combat Zika.New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday he is calling on Congress to pass $1.9 billion appropriation for Zika, saying the city is vulnerable to epidemic if the rest of country doesn’t act.New York City has invested $21 million to enhance mosquito control, and increase testing and awareness.More than 3,400 at-risk pregnant women have been tested, with 49 testing positive; one baby was born with microcephaly due to Zika.On Wednesday from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday, pesticide will be sprayed from trucks in Manhattan and Queens.
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Health officials confirm Mobile County residents have Zika Virus
The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reports there have been a total of 25 travel-related positive tests for the Zika virus in state residents from 16 counties as of 8 a.m. August 15.Counties where there have been Zika positives include Calhoun, Cullman, Etowah, Houston, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lee, Limestone, Madison, Mobile, Montgomery, Morgan, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Tuscaloosa.State Health Officer Dr. Tom Miller said, “We have been working with a variety of partners, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the medical community, to identify individuals who need to be tested for the Zika virus and with those who have tested positive.
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U.S. Declares Public Health Emergency in Puerto Rico Due to Zika
Puerto Rico has recorded more than 10,000 Zika cases, prompting the U.S. government to declare a public health emergency in the territory.(Photo : Mario Tama/Getty Images)The U.S. government on Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico over the Zika epidemic.Puerto Rico has recorded 10,690 Zika cases to date, including 1,035 infected pregnant women.