U.S. Reports First Zika Fatality In Puerto Rico; CDC Official Discusses Possibility Of Wider U.S. Outbreak In Interview

CNBC: Zika to create ‘small number’ of U.S. cases, a cure will ‘take time’: CDC
“…[A] 70-year-old man in Puerto Rico infected with the disease died from complications, according to health officials, becoming the first U.S. casualty from the deadly infection. In an interview with CNBC, a top public health official warned the United States could very well see more instances. ‘The mosquitoes that carry Zika are in parts of the United States,’ Dr. Denise Jamieson, chief of the women’s health and fertility branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told ‘On the Money’ in a recent interview…” (Gillies, 4/30).

The Guardian: Zika virus: first American dies of complications linked to disease
“…A Puerto Rican man in his 70s died in February from ‘complications related to severe thrombocytopenia,’ the CDC reported in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report…” (Jamieson, 4/30).

New York Times: First U.S. Death Tied to Zika Is Reported in Puerto Rico
“…Puerto Rico now has 683 confirmed Zika infections in its outbreak, which began in December; 89 are in pregnant women, according to Dr. Ana Ríus, the territory’s health secretary. Fourteen of those women have given birth, and all their babies are healthy, she said…” (McNeil/Victor, 4/29).

USA TODAY: First Zika death in U.S. lived in Puerto Rico
“…Although 426 travelers have been diagnosed with Zika in the continental U.S., the virus is not yet spreading among mosquitoes here, and there have not been any homegrown cases, according to the CDC. The Obama administration this week announced that it will provide $5 million to Puerto Rican health clinics…” (Szabo, 4/30).

VOA News: U.S. Sees 1st Zika Death Amid Funding Stalemate
“…The White House has requested nearly $2 billion in emergency funding to target the mosquito that carries Zika and promote the development of a vaccine. The Republican-led Congress has yet to act, saying more information is needed…” (Bowman, 5/1).

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