Puerto Rico reports first Zika virus case
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Puerto Rico reports first Zika virus case

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is reporting its first case of Zika, a dengue-like virus transmitted by mosquitoes.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said Thursday that the unidentified patient had not traveled recently and lives in the island’s eastern region.

The man is believed to be around 65-years-old and in a stable condition.

“The individual presented other symptoms and was found by chance. It (Zika) wasn’t being tested for, but we ran the screening and it came back positive. He hadn’t traveled recently, which meant that he would have had to have picked up the virus here,” epidemiologist Brenda Rivera García commented in an interview.

Officials say symptoms are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya and can include a slight fever, headache and pain in the hands and feet.

Scientists in Brazil have linked Zika infections to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly.

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