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Puerto Rican Women More Likely Than Men To Contract Zika, Study Shows

Reuters: Zika striking women at higher rates than men: U.S. study
“Adult women in Puerto Rico were significantly more likely to develop Zika than men, researchers said on Thursday, raising new questions about the potential role of sexual transmission of the virus from males to females. The study, published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s weekly report on death and disease, evaluated more than 29,000 laboratory-confirmed cases of Zika since the outbreak began in Puerto Rico in November 2015…” (Steenhuysen, 11/10).

Science Speaks: World’s largest Zika database shows most confirmed cases among younger women
“…The findings, reported in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report are consistent with patterns observed in Brazil and El Salvador, where the greatest numbers of people reported to have the virus fell between 20 and 49, the authors write…” (Barton, 11/10).

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