Puerto Rico records first Zika-related death amid outbreak

An Aedes aegypti mosquito is seen through a microscope at Colombia's National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Margaret Honein, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, said during a press conference in Colombia that apart from microcephaly, babies whose mothers have had Zika during pregnancy may eventually acquire impaired hearing or vision. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara)

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico’s health secretary says the island has recorded its first Zika-related death amid an outbreak of the mosquito-borne virus.

Ana Rius said Friday that a 70-year-old man infected with Zika died in February from a drop in blood platelets.

The U.S. territory has seen more than 600 Zika cases, with 73 of those involving pregnant women. Zika can cause severe birth defects, such as babies being born with abnormally small heads. Rius said all 14 pregnant women infected with Zika who have given birth have healthy babies.

Sixteen people have been hospitalized and four are believed to have developed a temporary paralysis condition known as Guillain-Barre because of Zika.

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