Amidst an outbreak of mosquito-borne Zika virus – the first U.S. Zika-related death has been recorded. The unidentified 70-year-old man sought help at a health center in San Juan and was dead in less than 24 hours. Officials report that the man had recovered from the initial symptoms of the Zika virus, after which, he developed a condition causing antibodies to attack his blood platelet cells - ultimately dying from internal bleeding. The CDC report says the man died of “complications related to severe thrombocytopenia.” Three similar cases have also been recorded the South American country of Colombia.
Guillain-Barre Syndrome in Puerto Rico
Also in Puerto Rico, 89 pregnant women are infected with Zika while 19 are hospitalized and four are believed to have developed Guillain-Barre. This is among the approximate 600 cases that have erupted on the island. So far, there have been 426 reported cases of Zika in the U.S. – all of which were connected to travel into outbreak areas. But, officials warn that small clusters of Zika will occur in the U.S. as mosquito numbers grow. As concern swells, Quest Diagnostics has announced that it has received emergency authorization from the FDA to sell its diagnostic test for Zika in the U.S. Stick with Mosquito Magnet for updates on the spread of Zika and everything you need to know to keep mosquitoes from invading your property. Find other updates here!