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Pregnant Danbury Teen Speaks Out About Zika Virus, Starts GoFundMe

Sara Mujica is a 17-year-old from Danbury who contracted the Zika virus.
Sara Mujica is a 17-year-old from Danbury who contracted the Zika virus. Photo Credit: Facebook

DANBURY, Conn. — A pregnant 17-year-old from Danbury who tested positive for the Zika virus is planning to have her baby despite the risks of birth defects and is seeking help through a GoFundMe page, according to WFSB. 

On her GoFundMe page, Sara Mujica says, "I would really appreciate every help I could get. Being young and pregnant is one thing, but now I am ... going through the worst time ever with the news about me having Zika." 

Mujica, who believes she contracted Zika while visiting her fiancee in Honduras in February, said, "Every donation will be helpful & I am so grateful. I have decided to keep my baby, because it's what God has given to me & I do NOT believe in abortion."

She told WFSB that her symptoms included a fever and a rash on her back, legs, face and arms and that she was diagnosed when she returned to Connecticut on March 30. 

Mujica told WFSB that has returned to Honduras, where her fiancee lives and where they plan to be married in a few weeks. 

The Connecticut Department of Public Health announced Mujica's case of Zika on Tuesday but did not disclose her name or hometown. On Friday, the DPH announced that a fourth Connecticut resident had also contracted Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can cause fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis lasting several days to a week. 

There is no vaccine for Zika, and deaths are rare. But the virus can spread from pregnant women to their fetuses, possibly leading to birth defects and miscarriages. 

Click here to read the story at the WFSB website. 

Click here to visit her GoFundMe page.

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