First Zika-related microcephaly birth in US mainland

ANTONIO LACERDA

A picture made available on 12 February 2016 of Patricia Vieira de Araujo (L) holding her one-month-old granddaughter Manuelly Araujo da Cruz, who was born with microcephaly after being exposed to the zika virus during her mother's pregrnacy, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 11 February 2016.

First Zika-related microcephaly birth in US mainland


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A baby with microcephaly was born in New Jersey, USA on Tuesday.

This is the first case in US mainland and only the third case on US territory. In January a baby was born in Hawaii from a woman that had been living in Brazil. In May, Puerto Rico officials confirmed a similar case, which however was linked to local transmission of the virus.

However, this is the beginning. There are now 300 pregnant infected women in the US.

The mother was from Honduras, arriving in the US near the time of delivery in hope of receiving better medical care. She suspected her baby may be infected by the Zika virus, which was verified by the ultrasound.

Doctors believe she was infected between the third and sixth month of her pregnancy, when she experience the symptoms of the mosquito borne disease, including rash and fever.

The baby and mother are stable and doing well said Dr. Abdulla Al-Kahan, director of maternal and fetal medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center.

“The mother is stable, obviously sad, which is the normal emotional reaction given the situation,” he said.

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