Zika

First U.S. Zika Death Reported In Puerto Rico

U.S. health officials reported the country's first death from the Zika virus on Friday. The patient, one of 683 confirmed Zika cases in Puerto Rico, developed severe thrombocytopenia, a blood-clotting disorder as a result of the Zika virus, the CDC reports. Most adults who contract the disease are not hospitalized. Some patients can develop life-threatening symptoms, however, and unborn children can suffer serious birth defects if they contract the disease while in the womb.