Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus, Linked to Birth Defect

January 1, 2016 3:51 PM

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Puerto Rico Reports First Case of Zika Virus, Linked to Birth Defect

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico has reported its first case of Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that has been spreading across South America and the Caribbean and has been linked by Brazilian authorities to a serious birth defect, a U.S. congressman said Thursday.

Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico's representative in Congress, said in a statement his office had been in touch with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which had confirmed the single case of Zika on the island.

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