Army, Coast Guard hardest hit by Zika


The Army and Coast Guard are bearing the brunt of Zika infections among military personnel and their families, accounting for more than half the 75 cases since May, according to data released by the Pentagon.

Of the troops, family members and retirees confirmed to have contracted the virus as of Aug. 17, 37 are soldiers or their dependents, and 17 are Coast Guardsmen or their family members.

According to the Defense Department report, 55 troops, including active duty, National Guard and reservists, have been diagnosed with Zika, as have 12 family members and eight military retirees.
The Air Force has seen 11 cases, the Navy, six, and the Marine Corps, four cases.

Among those patients are a pregnant active-duty service member. The Defense Department has declined to discuss the case, citing privacy laws.

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