Zika testing expanded for certain pregnant women in NY

Aedes aegypti mosquito
This 2006 photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host. (James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) — On Wednesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the New York State Department of Health to expand free Zika virus testing to certain pregnant women.

The expansion is for pregnant women who had unprotected sex with a partner who went to a part of the world with ongoing Zika virus transmission. The Department of Health already offers testing for women who have gone to those areas themselves.

The NYSDOH is currently investigating the possible sexual transmission of the virus.

The Department says only one in five people infected with the Zika virus will become ill, but a higher amount of cases of microphaly, a birth defect that may be associated with Zika, have been reported among women who were pregnant.

MORE | Find more information on the virus here.

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