Up Close: Fighting the Zika virus

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Bill Ritter talks about the Zika virus with NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett. (WABC)

There have been at least 11 confirmed cases of the Zika virus in New York State and at least one in New Jersey.

All of them were believed to have been infected when they traveled to areas hit hard by the virus.

The only known human to human case in the U.S. is in Dallas, where health officials say the virus was sexually transmitted.

The Centers for Disease Control has issued travel advisories for Puerto Rico and at least 29 countries.

So how to fight this virus here in the U.S. and in the Tri-State?

Joining us this week is New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett.

Also, Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting more money into Vision Zero, his plan to reduce traffic deaths to zero.

There were 231 such deaths last year compared to 297 in 2013, the year before de Blasio took office.

Those traffic deaths include 134 pedestrian fatalities in 2015, down 27% over that two-year period.

I recently asked the city's Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg whether traffic deaths in New York City can really be reduced to zero.
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Bill Ritter talks with New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg about the city's Vision Zero plan to reduce traffic deaths.

Finally, we'll look ahead to Tuesday night's New Hampshire presidential primary with political analyst Hank Sheinkopf.
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Bill Ritter discusses the presidential campaign with political consultant Hank Sheinkopf.

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