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First Case Of Dangerous Zika Virus Reported In Hudson Valley

The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has affected more than a million people in Brazil and has now spread to the area.
The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that has affected more than a million people in Brazil and has now spread to the area. Photo Credit: File photo

Three cases of a mosquito-borne illness that has affected up to 1.3 million people and thousands of unborn children in Brazil have now been reported in New York, including one in the Hudson Valley.

All three cases involved individuals who traveled outside the United States where the virus had been spreading, according to The New York Times.

The three cases involve residents of Queens as well as Nassau and Orange counties, according to The New York Times.

The first U.S. infant born with Zika virus was born in Hawaii recently.

The illness can cause microcephaly, a condition associated with Zika virus that can cause mental retardation in unborn children. As many as 3,530 children have been born in Brazil with the illness since October, according to cbsnews.com.

For more, check this Daily Voice report from earlier this week.

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