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July 31, 2016: Woman with Zika Virus in Spain Gives Birth to Baby with Microcephaly

This from Madrid: “A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth on Monday to a baby with microcephaly in Barcelona, in what is probably the first case of its kind in Europe, according to the hospital where the infant was born.

“The woman is believed to have caught the Zika virus while traveling in Latin America, the region where Zika has spread most widely. She was not identified, and her exact itinerary was not disclosed.

“The microcephaly, a brain-damaging disorder, was diagnosed after the baby was born with a head circumference that is smaller than the norm, Dr. Félix Castillo, the neonatal chief at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, said at a news conference on Monday.

“The doctor did not specify how much the circumference was below normal measurements, but for microcephaly to be diagnosed, a baby’s head needs to be significantly smaller than normal.

“The baby’s gender was not given, for privacy reasons. It was born by cesarean section after 40 weeks of pregnancy.

“Dr. Castillo said that the baby ‘did not require any resuscitation’ and that the child’s vital signs were “normal and stable,” although the newborn will be put under close monitoring to identify other possible defects. The mother was in good health, and both parents were ‘very happy,’ according to the hospital’s head of obstetrics, Dr. Elena Carreras.

“Dr. Castillo said that the life expectancy of the baby born in Barcelona on Monday is that of ‘any child with a brain condition.’

“There have been 190 cases of Zika infections reported in Spain, of which 26 are linked to women who were pregnant at the time of the diagnosis, according to the country’s health ministry.”

Source: New York Times

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