U.S. Sees Second Zika Birth
The baby shows signs of microcephaly, among other issues
A second baby with Zika-related birth defects has been born in the U.S. now.
The news comes from New Jersey, where this week a woman gave birth to a baby girl with microcephaly, a set of birth defects that affect brain development among other things.
The baby’s mother, who is from Honduras, came to stay with relatives in New Jersey, in hopes of better medical care for the baby. She apparently suspected the baby might have microcephaly or other complications, as she had Zika-like symptoms during her second trimester. The newborn girl is the second child to be born with Zika-linked microcephaly in the U.S.: The first was born in Hawaii in January of this year.
This won’t be the last, either. The CDC is currently monitoring around 300 pregnant women who have contracted Zika around the country and its territories.