Zika on Our Doorstep

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March 7, 2016 -- San Juan, Puerto Rico -- A new souvenir that no one wants may soon be making its way home with tourists after their beach vacations here: the Zika virus. The mosquito-borne virus is expected to plow through Puerto Rico with little to slow its spread. This island U.S. territory is $70 billion in debt, an amount its governor last year called “not payable.” Funding cuts have crippled public programs, leaving local health authorities shorthanded and without enough supplies. Health authorities fear as many as 700,000 people could have Zika in Puerto Rico by the end of the year. With 36,000 pregnant women living here now, experts fear the virus will take a heavy emotional and financial toll. Being infected with Zika during pregnancy appears to dramatically raise the risk of health problems in babies. The most devastating of these may be microcephaly, which causes infants to be born with abnormally small heads and malformed brains. Read More: WebMD

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