First Zika virus-related death reported in U.S. in Puerto Rico

April 29, 2016 6:44 PM

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First Zika virus-related death reported in U.S. in Puerto Rico

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported the first Zika-virus-related death in the United States, a Puerto Rican man in his 70s who died in late February.

The man died from internal bleeding resulting from a rare immune reaction to his Zika infection. The agency issued a report Friday on the growing Zika transmission in Puerto Rico. It said the patient died after developing severe thrombocytopenia, or low levels of platelets that help blood clot. The ...

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