Zika cases in Puerto Rico approach 20,000

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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

Misael Carrasquillo, 2 months old, sleeps in a mosquito net covered baby stroller during a visit for regular vaccinations in August in Loiza, Puerto Rico. Health officials in the territory reported more than 2,000 Zika cases in the past week.

Misael Carrasquillo, 2 months old, sleeps in a mosquito net covered baby stroller during a visit for regular vaccinations in August in Loiza, Puerto Rico. Health officials in the territory reported more than 2,000 Zika cases in the past week. (Angel Valentin/Getty)

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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.

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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Zika cases in Puerto Rico approach 20,000

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