NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Centers for Disease Control released new information Tuesday showing the impact of the Zika virus last year — offering advice on what to do before the insects start biting this year.

The new report summarizes the number of Zika related infections last year in all U.S. states and territories with the exception of Puerto Rico, which has a separate registry due to its large number of cases.

As CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomez reports, mosquitoes are the focus of prevention and control efforts in municipalities across the country — especially in South Florida and along the southern border, where the aedes aegypti mosquito, the primary carrier of the Zika virus, is found.

But completely eradicating mosquitoes is impossible, and the vast majority of Zika cases in the U.S. were in women who had traveled to tropical countries with known Zika outbreaks.

According to the CDC, that travel led to approximately 1,300 infections across 44 states — including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut — in pregnant women. In those suspected cases, there were more than 40 birth defects. In laboratory confirmed cases of Zika, one in ten women had a baby with a birth defect.

It’s those birth defects that has the acting director of the CDC especially concerned.

“It can cause brain deformities, vision problems, and other defects that may require lifelong care,” Dr. Anne Schuchat said in a Tuesday conference call with reporters. “The problems are not always evident at birth.”

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The most obvious and concerning birth defect is Microcephaly — the failure of the brain to develop, which can run the cost of caring for the severely disabled child to as much as $10 million over a lifetime.

As a result, the CDC is working to educate women and families about prevention, advising pregnant women to avoid travel to Zika areas and to practice safe sex if the male partner has been to those areas because the virus can be sexually transmitted.

The greatest risk for birth defects is if a woman is infected during her first trimester of pregnancy. Even without an obvious birth defect, Zika can cause brain malformations and lifelong neurological issues, so the CDC recommends possible Zika babies to get brain scans to look for those issues.

Comments (20)
  1. Now Big Pharm has a “cause” and “effect” excuse they can use for their toxic immunizations. “Your child must have been exposed to the Zika virus at some point.” How convenient!

  2. jb80538 says:

    Zika has been around for decades. I think big pharma needed another scare to come up with a new useless vaccine.

  3. Yep, this is the time of year when they test-fly their annual health scares. Probably going with Zika this year. Kind of like a Hollywood sequel.

    And, as always, I’m not going to worry about it.

  4. Tod Perry says:

    We already know for a FACT that zika does NOT cause birth defects as PROVEN by the country it originated in so you can STOP pushing this SCAM to trick people into taking your USELESS and Dangerous vaccines or drugs.

    1. Can you point me to some information about the Zika vaccine?

  5. illegals cross the border infected .

  6. How many days will it take for cbs to accuse Trump of discrimination because these are mexican mosquitos.

  7. they ran out of diseases in 2017?  no effing way!!! you have to have something like Hanta virus in Uganda or Porcine Ebola in Jamaica ! (something that is communicable and can land in South Florida of course). sorry Uganda, Jamaica

    something to milk the system!

  8. Funding cut? Let’s find a disease we can’t prove can’t track but can scare the heck out of everyone with and promote it. Funds us or dieeeeeeee

  9. erichertha says:

    According to an article in the Washington post ( ) with data from the Pan American Health Organization , there have been 640,000 cases and 2118 confirmed congenital syndrome cases. If you take out Brazil there have been 330,000 cases and 85 confirmed syndrome cases. So this article by the CDC is total BS

  10. If people understood that although CDC is a government agency they DO operate as a for profit business. CDC is looking to make money anyway they can.

    1. a military agency my friend, just like NIH.

  11. Jim Pickens says:

    This is deceptive CDC. The one in ten infants with birth defects is not specifically attributed to Zika. Notice the qualifier “Zika can” not “Zika caused”. At least they stopped showing that deformed Brazilian baby, that was shown to have parents who were poisoned by river born pesticides. Be careful, take precautions, but don’t douse us with more pesticides. Already happened in my suburban neighborhood last August. Kids ran outside to look up at the aggro sprayer aircraft and neighboring bee farms were destroyed.

  12. pageoturner says:

    This is a cover story for illegals bringing their genetic defects for the US taxpayer to support forever.

    Everyone of the women they describe who gave birth to a child with microcephaly had “traveled from” a Latin American country where it’s a birth defect not caused by a mosquito.

    1. SheWhoWalksAlone says:

      Do a search on ‘BIOWEAPON! Zika Virus Is Being Spread by GMO Mosquitoes Funded by Gates!’ and Bil Gates Mosquitoes

  13. Jo Marco says:

    Where is the corollary data showing a parallel increase in Microcephaly? Brazil still shows only a few Microcephaly hot spots in a nation where Zika is uniformly distributed. Brazil is the worlds largest per-capita user of insecticides, some of those insecticides cause Microcephaly birth defects. Is the correlation to a mosquito born disease, or is it correlated to insecticides used to control those mosquitos?

    The severe lack of simple data says the CDC is hiding data for political (fundraising) purposes. I’ve not only noticed a lack of data on Microcephaly, I’ve noticed data that was available a year ago has been scrubbed from the web. I smell hard science morphing into political science.

    1. Yirmin Snipe says:

      Bingo. DDT would eliminate this problem but the snowflake generation is too poorly educated about science and only knows the junk sciences of environmental terrorists. Reality is the move to ban DDT has resulted in more deaths than Hitler and Stalin combined… but why bother with reality when some hippy claims DDT is bad… Well it must be bad if a hippy said so…. completely ignoring the fact that Rachel Carson’s book that led up to DDT being banned was proven to be complete crap.

  14. Translation: CDC needs more funding!

    1. SheWhoWalksAlone says:

      The CDC has become so corrupt, funding is not the issue here. Robert Kennedy, Jr has been doing work trying to expose.

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