Published On: Sun, Feb 19th, 2017

Mexico confirms first case of Zika-related birth defect in Oaxaca

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According to AFP, Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly.

The ministry said in a statement on Friday February 3rd, 2017; that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on Nov. 5, 2016.

The ministry says it took several months to confirm the microcephaly, which is characterized by newborns with abnormally small heads, was related to Zika.

From November 2015 through the end of January 2017, there have been 7,634 confirmed cases of Zika in Mexico, including 4,252 in pregnant women.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through Latin America and the Caribbean since 2015.

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Mexico confirms first cast of Zika-related birth defect (Photo: nvinoticias.com)

Source: AFP (https://www.vallartadaily.com)

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