First Case of Pregnant Woman with Zika Virus Confirmed
SAN JUAN – Health Secretary Ana Ríus issued a news release Thursday, where the agency says three new Zika virus cases have been added to the latest weekly report, including one involving a pregnant woman.
The secretary said the woman is 25 to 35 years old. “The woman is currently in her first trimester of pregnancy and has been informed of the potential risk of the virus to her pregnancy. She has been evaluated by her physician and has requested that their privacy be respected,” Ríus stated.
Among the other confirmed cases this week is that of a man between 30 and 40 years of age, who about two weeks after developing a rash was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rapid-onset muscle weakness as a result of damage to the peripheral nervous system, and is therefore experiencing temporary paralysis.
Puerto Rico has 22 confirmed Zika cases.
Moreover, the Health Department reports that in epidemiological week No. 4 (Jan. 24 to 30), 1,657 influenza cases and 70 related hospitalizations were reported on the island.
“The health region with the highest rate is Ponce’s. We continue to urge vaccination. Parents, get vaccinated and take your children to get vaccinated; it is the best way to protect everybody,” said state epidemiologist Brenda Rivera, while explaining that the variant dominating right now is the H1N1 pandemic strain.