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Puerto Rico battling nearly 20,000 cases of Zika

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO - AUGUST  30: Misael Carrasquillo, 2 months old, sleeps in a mosquito net covered baby stroller next to his identical twin brother Ismael during a visit for regular vaccinations at the Concilio de Salud Integral in Loiza, a primary care health clinic,  on August 30, 2016 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 25% of the Puerto Rico's population could have the Zika Virus by the end of mosquito season, and that up to 50 pregnant women each day are infected on the island.  A recent study projected as many as 270 babies could be born with the debilitating birth defect microcephaly, between now and mid-2017. In a normal year, doctors expect to see just 16 such cases.   (Photo by Angel Valentin/Getty Images)

LOIZA, PUERTO RICO - AUGUST 30: Misael Carrasquillo, 2 months old, sleeps in a mosquito net covered baby stroller next to his identical twin brother Ismael during a visit for regular vaccinations at the Concilio de Salud Integral in Loiza, a primary care health clinic, on August 30, 2016 in Loiza, Puerto Rico. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that 25% of the Puerto Rico's population could have the Zika Virus by the end of mosquito season, and that up to 50 pregnant women each day are infected on the island. A recent study projected as many as 270 babies could be born with the debilitating birth defect microcephaly, between now and mid-2017. In a normal year, doctors expect to see just 16 such cases. (Photo by Angel Valentin/Getty Images)  (2016 Getty Images)

The number of Zika cases keeps climbing in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.

Health officials said Friday that more than 2,000 cases were reported in the past week for a total of nearly 20,000 cases. The total includes 1,706 pregnant women, a growing concern because Zika can cause severe birth defects.

Officials said 150 people have been hospitalized, including several of the 48 people diagnosed with a temporary paralysis condition linked to Zika known as Guillain-Barre. One person has died from that condition after becoming infected with Zika.

In addition, two people who had Zika coupled with other medical conditions have died.

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