Puerto Rico man who had Zika, neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems dies

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

Puerto Rico’s health sec­re­tary says a man in his 60s who died af­ter de­vel­op­ing se­vere neu­ro­log­i­cal prob­lems had been in­fected with the Zika virus.

Health Sec­re­tary Ana Rius says it is un­clear whether the man had a paral­y­sis con­di­tion linked to Zika known as Guil­lainBarre. Her an­nounce­ment Fri­day pro­vided no fur­ther de­tails, in­clud­ing the man’s name. Four other peo­ple in­fected with Zika have died in re­cent months in Puerto Rico, in­clud­ing two who de­vel­oped com­pli­ca­tions from Guil­lain-Barre.

The US ter­ri­tory has recorded 32,740 Zika cases, in­clud­ing 2,516 preg­nant women. Last week, of­fi­cials said a woman in­fected with Zika be­came the first on the is­land to give birth to a baby with mi­cro­cephaly. Med­i­cal ex­perts have linked Zika to se­vere birth de­fects. — AP

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