Zika cases have almost tripled in New York City in a single year

Year on year, the number of cases of the Zika virus is increasing, especially in the New York City metropolitan area. In 2018 so far, there have been over 3,000 cases nationally and 635 cases in New York City.

In total, the virus has affected 5.6 million people and seen 914 deaths so far.

On Sunday, health authorities reported a total of 565 cases of the virus in New York City for 2018, an increase of 11 cases from last week.

These reports add up to 29 percent of the virus’ infections in the New York area so far this year.

Of the 565 reported infections in the city, there were 116 related to pregnancy complications, according to an email from the NYC Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The New York Metro region includes the city, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland and Putnam counties in the south.

While New York has seen a greater number of reported cases than any other state so far this year, it has not surpassed Florida, the hardest hit state, where there have been over 3,370 cases so far.

In a statement on Sunday, the city’s health department said the number of confirmed Zika infections in the county is expected to increase until a spike in infections was observed in the first half of the year.

Until new cases develop, officials urge pregnant women who have been exposed to the virus not to get tested.

Zika virus is typically transmitted by a mosquito bite but can also be spread through sexual contact. While tests can detect whether a patient has the virus if they are male or female, tests for both sex organs can be misleading, health experts say.

As for pregnant women in New York City, those who are exhibiting symptoms of Zika — such as a fever, rash, joint pain, and red eyes — are advised to avoid traveling to areas where the virus is present, according to the city’s health department.

Three pregnant women in the region have tested positive for the virus, and one of them — a 25-year-old woman — has been discharged from the hospital.

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