Zika-Infected Mother Gives Birth To Baby With Microcephaly
In Hawaii, a baby was born with microcephaly, a condition with a small head that has not developed properly in the womb. As the mother had lived in Brazil for a short while in 2015, she had become infected with Zika virus.
On Saturday, Tom Skinner, a spokesman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, confirmed the case. "There is no indication at this point that there is any Zika virus circulating in Hawaii. But I think it is important for us to understand that there are going to be imported cases of Zika to the United States, and we won't be surprised if we start to see some local transmission of the virus," he added, according to Al Jazeera America.
For the first time an American mother who had once contracted the Zika virus has given birth to a child with microencephaly, in US soil, according to CNN.
Last year, the number of microcephaly births reported from Brazil's hospitals were almost 3,500 in only the last quarter, compared to 147 births in the whole of 2014. The Brazilian doctors noticed that the mothers of the microcephaly birth defect babies had been infected with the Zika virus at some point of pregnancy, which tends to make the link between the virus and the illness clear.