FDH: First Zika-related case of microcephaly confirmed in Florida

Mother contracted virus in Haiti
Posted at 10:17 AM, Jun 28, 2016

The Florida Department of Health announced Tuesday the first confirmed case of microcephaly in a infant born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of Zika. 

The mother of the infant contracted Zika while in Haiti and came to Florida to deliver the baby, the governor's office reported.

"Now that a baby has been born in our state with adverse impacts from Zika, it is clear that every available resource is needed to prevent local transmissions in our state,” Florida Governor Scott Rick Scott said in a statement.


The Florida Department of Health is working with the family to connect the child to services through theEarly Steps program.

The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika-affected areas.

Microcephaly is a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development. Babies with the defect often have a range of problems including developmental delay, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, hearing loss and vision problems.

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