Puerto Rico reports 10690 Zika cases amid ongoing epidemic

Henrietta Brewer
August 14, 2016

Puerto Rico's state of emergency was declared after some 1,914 new Zika cases were reported in the American territory in the past week alone, bringing the confirmed count of infected people on the island to 10,690. Burwell traveled to the USA territory in late April to evaluate its response to the outbreak.

One reason Zika is troubling is that it is a cause of birth defects, including microcephaly - a condition where the baby's head is abnormally small - in babies whose mothers have had Zika.

Garcia recently authorized the use of Bti, an organic larvicide, to fight the spread of Zika after rejecting aerial spraying with the insecticide naled as proposed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Florida health officials have linked Wynwood to over two dozen Zika infections apparently spread by Miami mosquitoes.

CHICAGO The Obama administration on Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to the rapid and widespread transmission of the Zika virus, saying it poses a "significant threat" to the health of pregnant women who may be infected and their children. It believes the actual number of infections is likely higher because most people with Zika have no symptoms and might not seek testing.

The newest statistics were released a day after the USA surgeon general visited Puerto Rico and said he expected 25 percent of people on the island will be infected by Zika by year's end.

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