A baby girl born in New Jersey to a mother infected with the Zika virus has severe microcephaly, say health officials.
A 31-year-old woman visiting the U.S. from Honduras was infected during pregnancy, said a doctor from the Hackensack University Medical Center.
The mother was bitten by the Aedes mosquito and came to the United States for treatment after Zika symptoms were discovered.
Microcephaly is a birth defect that causes small head size and developmental problems.
The premature newborn in New Jersey also suffers from intestinal and visual issues, reported NorthJersey.com.
The baby girl was delivered though a Cesarean section, or surgically, and is “completely Zika-affected,” said a hospital spokesperson. Confirmation of the virus in the newborn is still pending tests, he said.
The Zika virus is mainly transmitted via the Aedes mosquito. The connection between Zika and microcephaly was first discovered last year in Brazil, where more than 1,300 cases have been confirmed.
All cases are considered related to Zika infections in the mothers. The outbreak is affecting parts of Latin American and the Caribbean.
I'm Kathleen Struck.
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Words in This Story
microcephaly -- n. condition where the head size is smaller than normal
Aedes mosquito -- n. a mosquito that spreads diseases like dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, yellow fever and other viruses
intestinal -- adj. relating to the intestines or the part of the body where food is digested
Cesarean section -- n. a procedure in which a baby is delivered through a cut in the mother's abdomen
surgically -- adv. procedures done by cutting or making an incision