New York officials announced an action plan to combat the Zika virus.
According to the governor’s office, the plan does the following:
- Targets the virus at its source, Aedes mosquitoes, with enhanced trapping and testing throughout the entire downstate region.
- Distribute larvicide tablets to residents in potentially Zika affected areas.
- Provide protection kits to pregnant women.
- Launch a statewide public awareness campaign.
- Issue emergency regulations requiring local Zika control plans upon Zika confirmation.
- Assemble rapid response team in the event of confirmed infection by an Aedes mosquito.
“The state is taking aggressive action to reduce the risk of Zika transmission in New York,” Governor Cuomo said. “We have put in place a first-in-the-nation action plan that will work to eliminate Zika at its source, reduce potential transmissions and safeguard expectant mothers against this dangerous disease. The state is monitoring the situation closely, and continues to work with all partners to protect the public health.”
Anyone who traveled to a country where Zika is being transmitted and begins experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider to obtain testing for the virus.
Health officials say symptoms of the virus include fever, rash, joint pain, conjunctivitis (red eyes), and headache. Most people, according to the CDC, do not experience any symptoms.