Puerto Rican health officials reported an additional 512 confirmed Zika virus cases the week ending Dec. 3, bringing the island total to 35,648 since the first local case was reported in late in 2015.

Aedes albopictus/FotoshopTofs
Aedes albopictus/FotoshopTofs

The number of cases in pregnant women infected with the mosquito borne virus now stands at 2,864, while more than 300 people required hospitalization for their illness to date.

Puerto Rico Secretary of Health, Ana Ríus said, “The only way we can be successful in this fight is to work together and to guide each other about the different prevention measures that we can do.” “In this time we used to clean, change and collect in our home, we take the opportunity to eliminate possible mosquito breeding sites.”

Ríus also urged citizens to talk to neighbors and family members about using repellent and fresh, light-colored clothing that “leaves the least amount of exposed skin.”

Ríus stressed that the virus is also transmitted as a sexually transmitted disease, so it is essential to protect yourself using a condom as a preventive measure against this and other sexually transmitted diseases when having sex.