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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces new plan to prevent spread of Zika virus

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N.J. Burkett is live in Midtown with the latest details. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File)

New York has a new plan to target a mosquito species that officials fear could carry the Zika virus, which has been linked to skull and brain conditions in newborns.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Thursday that there have been 49 cases confirmed in New York and more are expected.

Nearly all the cases so far were found in people who had traveled to affected areas in Central and South America and parts of Asia and Africa. The virus may be sexually transmitted as well.

State officials say they will capture and test the mosquito species for Zika and distribute larvicide to kill the insect. It is only found in and around New York City.

In addition, the state will distribute Zika prevention kits containing repellent and condoms to pregnant women.
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