Zika cases in Puerto Rico approach 20,000
Zika outbreak: Puerto Rico’s cases approach 20,000
Officials say 150 people have been hospitalized
The Associated Press Posted: Sep 16, 2016 4:05 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 16, 2016 4:05 PM ET
The number of Zika cases keeps climbing in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.
Health officials said Friday that more than 2,000 cases were reported in the past week for a total of nearly 20,000 cases.
The total includes 1,706 pregnant women, a growing concern because Zika can cause severe birth defects.
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Officials said 150 people have been hospitalized, including several of the 48 people diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition linked to Zika known as Guillain-Barré.
One person has died from that condition after becoming infected with Zika.
In addition, two people who had Zika coupled with other medical conditions have died.
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