Puerto Rico Zika Birth Defects Could Increase

June 19, 2016

 

(CNN)Puerto Rico could see dozens, if not hundreds, of babies with microcephaly in the coming months, Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Friday while announcing the results of blood screenings underway in the U.S. territory. 

"Based on the best info available, Zika is increasing rapidly in Puerto Rico," Frieden said. "The importance of this is that thousands of pregnant women could become infected, which could lead to dozens or hundreds of babies born with microcephaly."

 

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