First European baby with Zika-related microcephaly was born in Barcelona

First European baby with Zika-related microcephaly was born in BarcelonaIn Spain a woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly, the hospital said on Monday.

It is the first case of its kind in Europe. The mother, who was not identified, made her trip abroad and caught the virus there. Although authorities didn’t say where, a hospital source said she was infected in Latin America, where the virus is widespread.

“The baby did not require any resuscitation,” Felix Castillo, neonatal chief at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, told a press conference, adding that the infant’s vital signs were “normal and stable”. The baby’s gender has not been revealed for privacy reasons.

The newborn’s health is being constantly monitored and initial tests confirm that “its head circumference is smaller than normal and that it has microcephaly,” Castillo added. The baby was born by caesarean section after 40 weeks of pregnancy.

The mother was diagnosed with Zika in May, but she decided to keep the baby. In the same case in Slovenia a woman decided to have an abortion.

Up to 1.65 million women of child-bearing age in Latin America could still be at risk from Zika, Nature Microbiology journal reported.
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