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July 25, 2016: Zika Virus Jump in Puerto Rico

“Puerto Rico government officials last Friday reported the biggest weekly rise in Zika cases that the U.S. territory has ever seen.

“Health Secretary Ana Rius said 1,336 new cases were reported in the past week, for a total of 4,437 cases since the mosquito-borne virus was first detected in December.

“She said 76 of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities now have Zika cases. A total of 553 pregnant women have Zika, which can cause severe birth defects.

“Fifty-five people have been hospitalized for Zika-related illnesses, including 19 diagnosed with a temporary paralysis known as Guillain-Barre syndrome that has been linked to the virus. One person has died.

“The spike comes a week after U.S. health officials urged Puerto Rico’s government to consider aerial spraying to fight the virus.”

“The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that up to 20 percent of Puerto Rico’s nearly 3.5 million people could be infected with Zika in an outbreak expected to peak by this summer.”

Source: NBC News

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