Another baby was born with microcephaly due to Zika virus in Yucatan

MÉRIDA, YUC.-The birth of a second baby with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus was confirmed in Yucatan, according to the most recent report of confirmed cases of congenital syndrome associated with Zika, from the Federal Ministry of Health, Mexico 2016-2018.

The child was born at the Regional General Hospital No. 1 “Lic. Ignacio García Téllez “of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS), which, according to the report, is alive and the mother acquired the infection during the second trimester of pregnancy.

The first case of microcephaly associated with the Zika virus in Yucatan was confirmed in June this year, and corresponded to a child born in the 63rd Maxcanú Rural Hospital of the IMSS. In this case, the mother contracted the virus during the second trimester of pregnancy.

Both cases were studied and ruled by the National Institute of Perinatology (InPer).

The report, updated to November 26, 2018, indicates that two other cases of microcephaly associated with the Zika virus were registered this year, one in Campeche (in the Zone Hospital with MF No. 1 of the IMSS) and the other in Quintana Roo (in the Morelos Maternal and Infant Hospital of the SS). These two babies are also alive.

In the case of Campeche, the mother fell sick of Zika in the first trimester and the baby, besides microcephaly, was born with ventriculomegaly (enlargement of the cerebral ventricles without specific cause, as a consequence of a cranial or cerebral malformation).


Until November 17th, the all-time epidemiological report of the Ministry of Health indicated that 13 cases of microcephaly have been registered in the state of Yucatan (7 boys and 6 girls).

At national level there are 51 cases of congenital syndrome associated with the Zika virus so far this year. Veracruz tops the list with 10 cases, followed by Tamaulipas, with 6; Oaxaca, Chiapas, Guerrero and Nuevo Leon report five each; Hidalgo, Yucatán, Tabasco and Coahuila with two.

The Yucatan Times Newsroom with information from SIPSE