First Zika Birth Defect Reported in Puerto Rico

First Zika Birth Defect Reported in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico on Friday reported its first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of a Zika infection, raising concerns because officials said the medical condition wasn't identified until the mother was nearly eight months pregnant, NBC News reported.

October 31, 2016
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Puerto Rico on Friday reported its first case of a baby born with microcephaly as a result of a Zika infection, raising concerns because officials said the medical condition wasn't identified until the mother was nearly eight months pregnant, NBC News reported.

The baby was born in the past two weeks with severe brain defects as well as hearing and vision problems and remains hospitalized, according to Health Secretary Ana Rius.

She said authorities are investigating why the microcephaly case was identified so late although the mother had Zika symptoms between her second and third month of pregnancy. She added that the mother did not receive continuous prenatal care until late in her second trimester.

Source: www.nbcnews.com