Health emergency declared in Puerto Rico due to Zika

August 12, 2016 11:06 PM

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The Obama administration Friday declared a public health emergency in Puerto Rico due to the Zika virus, which has infected at least 10,690 people. Among them are 1,035 pregnant women, who bear the greatest risk from the infection.

Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Mathews Burwell declared the emergency at the request of Puerto Rico's governor, Alejandro García Padilla, because of the threat to pregnant women and their children. Zika can cause catastrophic birth defects, including microcephaly, a condition in whic...

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