Puerto Rico reports its first mosquito-borne Zika case

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Posted: Dec 31, 2015 3:22 PM

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico is reporting its first case of Zika, a dengue-like virus transmitted by mosquitoes.

Health Secretary Ana Rius said Thursday that the unidentified patient had not traveled recently and lives in the island's eastern region.

Officials say symptoms are similar to those of dengue and chikungunya and can include a slight fever, headache and pain in the hands and feet.

Scientists in Brazil have linked Zika infections to cases of babies being born with small heads, or microcephaly.