Christie ‘content’ with Zika plan after baby with birth defects born in NJ
Following the delivery of a baby with Zika-related birth defects in Bergen County on Tuesday, several New Jersey towns are taking steps to prevent the spread of the virus, and Gov. Chris Christie said he is satisfied with statewide efforts so far.
At a press conference Wednesday, Christie said he was “pleased and content with the state of that plan right now from the Commissioner of Health, and will continue to monitor the situation as it goes forward.”
New Jersey hospitals are on high alert for signs of spread of the virus, and a laboratory on the grounds of the State Police headquarters in West Trenton has begun testing medical specimens.
NJ Advance Media reported that Woodbridge will be launching an attack on usual mosquito breeding grounds, like abandoned properties and pools. That report also said officials in Perth Amboy will work with the Middlesex County Mosquito Control Commission to further educate residents about the virus, and the Asian tiger mosquito that carries it.
Perth Amboy is also asking property owners to manage or eliminate their sources of standing water at least once a week, the report said.
Zika can be spread via the bite of an infected mosquito, or through sexual contact with an infected person, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mosquitos typically found in New Jersey are not thought to carry the virus, which can cause severe birth defects when contracted by pregnant women.
New Jersey has made a hotline available, through its Poison Information and Education System, for anyone who may have questions about potential exposure. That number is 1-800-962-1253.
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