Update on New York City’s efforts to combat the Zika virus

Mayor Bill de Blasio was joined on August 16, by Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, State Senator and Democratic nominee for NY-13 Adriano Espaillat, State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, and Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett to … Read More

Despite warning, pregnant New Yorkers continue to travel to Zika-Affected areas

  At a meeting last month with members of ethnic and community media outlets, cosponsored with City University of New York Center for Community and Ethnic Media, Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett revealed new data that show a steady … Read More

CDC awards $60 million to battle Zika and protect pregnant women

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin making awards totaling nearly $60 million to states, cities, and territories to support efforts to protect Americans from Zika virus disease and adverse health outcomes that can result from Zika … Read More

WHO says no need to cancel Rio Olympics due to Zika virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) said that based on the current assessment of the Zika virus circulating in almost 60 countries globally and 39 countries in the Americas, there is no public health justification for postponing or cancelling the 2016 … Read More

WHO confirms Zika virus strain in Cape Verde imported from the Americas

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The World Health Organization confirmed that the Zika virus strain in Cape Verde was imported from the Americas. In a statement, WHO said: “Sequencing of the virus in Cape Verde by Institut Pasteur, Dakar, confirms that the Zika virus currently … Read More

President Obama’s update on the Zika virus

I just had an opportunity to get a full briefing from Secretary Burwell, CDC Director Frieden, as well as Tony Fauci from NIH about the Zika situation, and I want to give the American people an update on where we … Read More

Obama meets with leaders to discuss the spread of Zika

President Barack Obama met this week with leaders of his health and national security teams to discuss the spread of Zika and other mosquito-borne viruses in the Americas as well as steps being taken to protect the American public. The … Read More