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)
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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) – 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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