Cases of the Zika virus continue to rise

3 confirmed cases in Mass. and 4 in Conn.

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – There are now more than 1,100 confirmed cases of Zika virus in Puerto Rico; 140 of those cases involve pregnant women.

The virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly where the baby is born with a small head, and has an under-developed brain.

Zachary Elliott of Deerfield told 22News the virus will not keep him home this summer; “It worries me a little bit, but with all the various diseases out there, there’s so many dangers in the world out there already. It shouldn’t have a significant impact on tourism.”

27 people in Puerto Rico were hospitalized with the Zika virus, one person reportedly died from the disease. Right now, there have been 3 confirmed cases of Zika in Massachusetts and 4 in Connecticut.

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