CDC Warns of Massive Zika Outbreak Among Pregnant Women in Puerto Rico

San Juan – U.S. health authorities on Tuesday warned that in the coming months thousands of pregnant Puerto Ricans will contract the Zika virus if appropriate measures are not taken on the island, where at present there are 157 confirmed cases, of whom 14 are pregnant women.

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tom Frieden, said that thousands of pregnant women could be infected with Zika in Puerto Rico after emphasizing that $225 million will be allocated to fight the spread of the virus in the U.S. commonwealth.

Frieden, who this week is visiting Puerto Rico to increase cooperation with local authorities in the fight against Zika, said Tuesday in San Juan that 40 experts with the CDC have been dispatched to the island to work with the administration in San Juan on measures to halt the spread of the disease.

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