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microcephalyCases of babies born with microcephaly, a dangerous birth defect that causes babies to be born with a significantly smaller head than other children and can result in brain injury have been dramatically increasing in Latin America and some Caribbean islands. These cases are linked to the Zika Virus which is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes bites. The virus was discovered in Brazil in May. There were more than 4000 cases of microcepahly recorded in Brazil since last October. In New York three cases were recorded recently, all from people who had just traveled abroad.

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Newborn%20screening.pngNewborn screening prevents 12,000 babies per year from death or lifetimes of intellectual or physical disability. It started in the US 50 years ago. New York started infants screening in 1965 for phenylketonuria (PKU) and today babies are screened for 45 disorders.

New York was the first state to test for sickle cell anemia in 1975 and the first to introduce universal screening for HIV exposure in 1997. In 2006, New York was also the first state to screen all babies for Krabbe disease. Screenings are also conducted for cystic fibrosis, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, primary congenital hypothyroidism, and severe combined immunodeficiency. In December 2013 New York will also be the first state to screen for adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a rare genetic condition, which affects the nervous system.

Yesterday New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah M.D., M.P.H was at the Wadsworth Center to visit a national exhibit designed to raise awareness of the importance of newborn screening. the Wadsworth Center screen 250,000 infants every year.