NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — People around the Tri-State Area and across the country will take part in the annual March For Babies on Sunday.
The March of Dimes, the organization behind the walk that once helped find the cure for polio, has turned its attention to a new and growing threat facing unborn babies: the Zika virus.READ MORE: New York Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker Testifies At State Hearing On Nursing Home COVID Deaths
“We need to make sure that all pregnant mothers are aware of the risks and the dangers, and that they have information that they need. So Zika Care Connect is intended to be that resource,” the organization’s national president, Stacey Stewart, told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises expectant mothers on what steps to take if they have been infected.READ MORE: NYPD Chief Of Department Terence Monahan To Retire, Join Mayor's Recovery Team
The March of Dimes is also funding research for a vaccine.
“We’re not there yet, but the research is promising,” Stewart said.
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Watch Diamond’s extended interview with Stewart above.