Puerto Rico Wins $5Mln to Battle Zika Epidemic – US Health Agency

Puerto Rico Wins $5Mln to Battle Zika Epidemic – US Health Agency © AFP 2016/ MARVIN RECINOS

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A $5 million grant to 20 health clinics in the US territory of Puerto Rico has been awarded to combat birth defects caused by Zika virus infections during pregnancy, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced in a press release.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Some 474 cases of Zika have been reported in Puerto Rico, and the number is expected to rise, according to the US Centers for Disease Control.

“Health centers will use this funding to expand voluntary family planning services, including contraceptive services, outreach and education, and to hire more staff,” the release issued on Tuesday explained.

Scientists have concluded that Zika contracted by pregnant women is responsible for severe fetal brain defects, pregnancy loss and other adverse birth outcomes.

The Zika virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito, which is president in more than half of the United States and throughout much of South America and the Caribbean.

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