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CDC: Puerto Rico Could See Hundreds Of Zika-Infected Babies With Microcephaly

The number of people infected with Zika in Puerto Rico is rising at an alarming rate, putting pregnant women at even greater risk of their babies suffering severe birth defects, a top U.S. public health official said Friday.

The latest data show that the most accurate, real-time indicator of Zika infection suggests that thousands of pregnant women there could contract the virus in the coming months. That, in turn, could lead to "dozens to hundreds of infants born with microcephaly in the coming year," Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said during a media briefing.

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