3 dead in Venezuela after contracting Zika

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CARACAS: Three people have died in Venezuela from complications linked to Zika, President Nicolas Maduro said Thursday — the first fatalities reported in the country in connection with the mosquito-borne virus. Speaking on national television, Maduro said there were 319 confirmed cases of the virus in the South American country, adding: “Unfortunately we have had three deaths from Zika nationwide.” Without providing any details, he said that 5,221 suspected cases of Zika had been reported from November 5 until February 8. Maduro thanked the governments and embassies of India, Cuba, China, Iran and Brazil for their support in providing medication and “much more.”

AFP

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