- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City health officials are urging women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant to delay travel to areas affected by the Zika virus.

The media campaign announced Wednesday by Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett will also remind New Yorkers to use condoms or another form of barrier protection when having sex with a person who has recently traveled to a Zika-affected area.

Zika is known to cause miscarriage and serious birth defects.

The mosquito-borne virus is affecting parts of Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean.

Bassett says New York City health-care providers have tested than 2,000 pregnant women who have traveled to Zika-affected areas.

She says 41 of the women have been confirmed to have the Zika virus.


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