In this Feb. 24, 2016 photo, Aedes aegypti mosquitos are bred for Zika related testing at the dengue lab run by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AP Photo/Danica Coto)
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SAN JUAN: Leilani Dominicci has all the typical worries of pregnant women plus a new one spreading across Puerto Rico: the fear she will become infected with the Zika virus and put her baby at risk.As the virus sweeps through the hemisphere, Puerto Rico has become America's own front line in the battle against it -- home to 3.5 million U.S. citizens and with a tropical landscape that is an ideal breeding ground for the mosquito that spreads Zika, as well as the dengue and chikungunya already common here.Among the CDC's main goals is to test every pregnant woman in Puerto Rico for Zika and prevent people like Dominicci from contracting the virus.At least 117 people have tested positive for Zika in Puerto Rico, including five pregnant women.More than 80 percent of adults in Puerto Rico already have had dengue and an estimated 30 percent had chikungunya, viruses spread by the same insect.
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