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Number Of Zika Cases Rising Quickly In Puerto Rico, CDC Report Shows

New York Times: Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing
“The Zika epidemic that has spread from Brazil to the rest of Latin America is now raging in Puerto Rico — and the island’s response is in chaos. The war against the Aedes aegypti mosquito carrying the virus is sputtering out in failure. Infections are skyrocketing: Many residents fail to protect themselves against bites because they believe the threat is exaggerated. Federal and local health officials are feuding, and the governor’s special adviser on Zika has quit in disgust…” (McNeil, 7/30).

Wall Street Journal: Spread of Zika Virus in Puerto Rico Accelerates
“…According to the CDC’s latest report, released Friday, Zika has spread virtually to all corners of the island, with cases reported in 77 of 78 municipalities. Authorities identified 5,582 Zika cases between November 2015, when the virus reached the island, and July 7. That includes 672 pregnant women…” (McKay, 7/30).

Washington Post: Zika is spreading explosively in Puerto Rico, report says
“…What’s noteworthy in the report is the ‘consistency of evidence that Zika is spreading rapidly in Puerto Rico,’ said CDC Director Tom Frieden in an interview. ‘Puerto Rico is in the midst of an epidemic that is spreading silently and rapidly, and every day that passes means more infants at risk.’ About 32,000 women delivered babies in Puerto Rico last year. The recent data show that in June, about five percent of asymptomatic pregnant women tested positive for Zika, Frieden said. That’s a huge jump from 0.8 percent in February, according to the report…” (Sun, 7/29).

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