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Puerto Rico Records Almost 500 New Zika Cases Over Past Week; Texas Reports First Case Of Locally Transmitted Zika

Associated Press: Puerto Rico reports nearly 500 new Zika cases amid epidemic
“Puerto Rico’s health secretary says nearly 500 new cases of Zika have been reported in the U.S. territory in the past week. Ana Rius said Monday that 34,562 cases of the mosquito-borne virus have now been registered, including nearly 2,700 that involve pregnant women. Nearly 290 people have been hospitalized…” (11/28).

New York Times: Local Transmission of Zika Virus Is Reported in Texas
“A probable case of local transmission of the Zika virus has been reported in Texas, state health officials announced on Monday, making it the second state, after Florida, in which the infection is thought to have been carried from person to person by mosquitoes…” (McNeil/Fernandez, 11/28).

Washington Post: Zika surfaces in Texas, likely to be first local transmission
“…Laboratory testing confirmed that the 43-year-old patient, who is not pregnant, had been infected. State and local health authorities said she reported no recent travel to any location with ongoing Zika transmission and no other risk factors…” (Sun, 11/28).

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