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US Says Guantanamo Base Worker Got Zika after Jamaica Trip

The Obama administration estimates that $3.7 million has been spent on each of the 107 captives at the detention camp in Guantanamo. (DoD photo)
The Obama administration estimates that $3.7 million has been spent on each of the 107 captives at the detention camp in Guantanamo. (DoD photo)

MIAMI — The U.S. Navy says a civilian contractor at the base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has been diagnosed with Zika after returning from a trip to Jamaica.

It is the first recorded case of the mosquito-borne virus at the base on the southeastern tip of the Caribbean island.

A Navy statement issued Friday said the worker became infected while away from the base and now has no symptoms of the illness. Navy spokesman Bill Dougherty said the person had recently traveled to nearby Jamaica but said no details about the individual could be disclosed because of a U.S. medical privacy law.

Hundreds of civilian contract workers are employed at Guantanamo and many of them are foreign nationals from Jamaica who regularly travel back and forth from the base.

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