Puerto Rico At Risk Of Large Zika Outbreak, U.S. Health Officials Say

USA TODAY: CDC: Puerto Rico could be hit hard by Zika
“The Zika virus could hit Puerto Rico hard in the coming months, with the potential for tens of thousands of cases, a federal official said Wednesday. … Puerto Rico is battling outbreaks of two other diseases spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito that also transmits Zika, said Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…” (Szabo, 2/17).

Washington Times: Zika-infested Puerto Rico faces blood shortage, looks to U.S. mainland
“Puerto Rico, already reeling from a man-made financial crisis, could have ‘tens of thousands’ of infections from the Zika virus, which has been linked to a serious birth defect, imposing an economic toll and forcing the island to import blood supplies from mainland donors, the Obama administration’s top scientists said Wednesday. … ‘Clearly, Puerto Rico has many challenges, and Zika is the most recent,’ Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday in a briefing hosted by the Kaiser Family Foundation…” (Howell, 2/17).

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