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Planned Parenthood NYC is looking to stop anymore Zika virus outbreaks in the city this summer

New York City’s chapter of Planned Parenthood is stepping up its attempts to combat the Zika virus this summer.

The organization will be providing supplies and information to New Yorkers, specifically those who will be traveling to and from Zika-affected countries. It’s the group’s newest attempt to contain the spread of Zika in the U.S.; approximately a quarter of all U.S. infants affected by Zika have been born in New York City, as reported in The New York Times. These kits will include condoms, dental dams and different types of insect repellent.

“August is a popular month for travel, so it’s important that we continue to educate New Yorkers about the risks of traveling to Zika-prone areas,” said Christina Chang, Planned Parenthood of New York City vice president of public affairs. “With the launch of this new initiative, PPNYC will be able to provide New Yorkers the information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones from contracting Zika.”

According to city records, there have been 1,094 travel-associated Zika cases throughout New York City, including 178 in Queens in 2016 and another 17 this year.

Promotores de Salud, Planned Parenthood NYC’s community health education program, will also distribute information and Zika prevention kits to Spanish-speaking clients who travel, or have partners who travel, to areas that are at high-risk of Zika transmission including Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.

PdS will also conduct outreach at Planned Parenthood NYC’s five health centers, including the Diane L. Max Health Center in Long Island City, and the Mexican Consulate. The Consulate staff will also be trained to provide clients with information on Zika prevention.

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