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Puerto Rico Secretary of the Department of Health, Ana Armendariz Ríus reported Friday (computer translated) that 225 additional Zika virus cases were reported in the past week, bringing the island’s total to 2387 cumulative cases.

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Aedes aegypti
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In addition, Secretary Ríus said among the 225, 40 were in pregnant women bringing the total cases in pregnant women to 339. The total Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) cases now stands at 16 with the addition of two more cases.

The Secretary stressed the importance of taking preventive measures such as eliminating potential breeding sites around homes, wearing light clothing that limits the amount of exposed skin, using insect repellent and placing screens on doors and windows.

As of June 30, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has reported 406,755 suspected and 56,685 confirmed Zika virus cases in the Americas since 2015. Nine fatalities have been reported, including one from Puerto Rico.

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