Baby Born with Brain Damage in Hawaii Infected by Zika Virus
Posted by feww on January 17, 2016
CDC confirms baby born in Hawaii with microcephaly
A baby born with birth defect in an Oahu hospital has tested positive for the Zika virus (ZKIV), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed.
The infant suffers from microcephaly, a rare condition that affects the brain, retarding its growth and leaving the skull size abnormally small.
The baby’s mother acquired the virus while living in Brazil in May 2015 and the baby was likely infected in the womb, said Hawaiian state health officials and the CDC.
The news comes as the Hawaii struggles to contain its largest ever dengue fever outbreak. Most of the infection cases, also transmitted through mosquito bites, have been reported in the Big Island of Hawaii.
CDC has already Issued Travel Warnings as Zika Virus Epidemic Continues to Spread in Latin America and Caribbean countries.
Zika, a dangerous tropical disease linked to birth defects, is spreading in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Suriname, Venezuela, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Countries with past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission
Countries that have past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission (See below for list)
Countries that have past or current evidence of Zika virus transmission
AFRICA: Angola*, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt*, Ethiopia*, Gabon, Gambia*, Kenya*, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone*, Somalia*, Tanzania*, Uganda and Zambia*.
AMERICAS: Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Suriname and Venezuela.
OCEANIA/PACIFIC ISLANDS: Cook Islands, Easter Island, Federated States of Micronesia, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
ASIA: Cambodia, India*, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan*, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam*.
[*For these countries, the only evidence of Zika virus transmission is from studies that detected Zika virus antibodies in healthy people. These studies cannot determine where the people were infected or if they were infected with Zika virus because the antibodies may have resulted from infections with other closely related viruses, such as dengue virus.]
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