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    Number of Zika-Infected People in Mexico Soars by Almost 500 in 19 Days

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    The number of people infected with Zika virus in Mexico increased by 496 in just 19 days and reached 1,285, the Mexican Health Ministry said in a statement.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — As many as 256 pregnant women were infected for the same period, bringing the total number to 612, the ministry said Monday, adding that none of the children born to infected mothers in the country had Zika-related complications.

    The virus has been registered in 15 out of 32 territorial units of the country, mostly affecting the southern states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca and Veracruz.

    The current Zika outbreak started in Brazil in the spring of 2015. It is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes. While the virus does not cause serious complications in adults, it can cause severe brain defects and microcephaly in newborns.

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