US Reports First Zika-Related Death in Puerto Rico

by Shirley Johanna on  April 30, 2016 at 11:42 AM Tropical Disease News   - G J E 4
An elderly man in Puerto Rico died from complications of the Zika virus, the first reported death, attributed to the mosquito-borne disease in the United States, said the health authorities.
US Reports First Zika-Related Death in Puerto Rico
US Reports First Zika-Related Death in Puerto Rico

"The patient died of complications related to severe thrombocytopenia," a condition associated with a low number of platelets in the blood, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

‘The first Zika-related death in the US highlights the need to raise awareness of complications among health care providers.’
"Although Zika virus-associated deaths are rare, the first identified death in Puerto Rico highlights the possibility of severe cases, as well as the need for continued outreach to raise health care providers' awareness of complications that might lead to severe disease or death."

The CDC investigated a total of 6,157 suspected Zika cases in Puerto Rico between November 1, 2015, and April 14, 2016, according to the CDC report.

Scientists confirmed that 683 (11 percent) "had laboratory evidence of current or recent Zika virus infection," it said.

The CDC has warned of a potential explosion of Zika cases in Puerto Rico, possibly reaching into the hundreds of thousands.

Zika is known to cause the brain defect microcephaly and is blamed for a recent surge in cases of malformed babies in Brazil.

Source: AFP

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