First Zika baby in the United States is born in New Jersey

First Zika baby in the United States is born in New Jersey

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First Zika baby in the United States is born in New Jersey

First Zika-affected baby born in the United States. The Honduran mother had been reassured by her gynaecologist, but after months she had to detect the infection with Zika virus and the unfortunate condition of her baby.

 The newborn with Zika.

First Zika-affected baby born in the United States

In New Jersey, at Hackensack University Medical Center, what may be the first child affected by the Zika virus in the US was born. The mother, a 31-year-old woman whose name has not been disclosed, lives in Honduras, but went to the United States for medical treatment. In the Central American country the virus is active, so the woman took care to go to her gynaecologist as soon as she saw something strange. In particular, the woman noticed a small rash, associated with a light fever lasting just one hour. The doctor asked the patient if he had any other symptoms, such as pain and redness of the eyes. Received a refusal in response, the doctor submitted the woman to an ultrasound exam, but – as the young mother reminds Fox News – “everything seemed to have gone well”.

It is in Honduras that the woman was diagnosed with the virus. At this point the thirty-one went to New Jersey, where he has a family, to undergo treatment. Here, the ultrasound was tested again, which revealed some defects, such as microcephaly. On May 27, the woman was subjected to a caesarean section. According to the young mother, the virus may have been inoculated through the bite of a mosquito. Turning to women, he invites us to give due weight to the disease: “What we live in reality: sometimes we underestimate things, but when it’s your turn then, the hard part comes.”

Symptoms, transmission and care of Zika

The symptoms of Zika are hardly recognizable because they differ from subject to subject and are confused with common flu states. In addition to skin rashes, the disease manifests with fever, fatigue, joint pain and headache. The virus is transmitted intraspecies through sexual intercourse and through the bite of the tropical mosquito  Aedes aegypti. There is no vaccine against the disease, but when the infection is mild, the typical treatment of many flu-like states is enough to remarry, drink and take commonly used drugs. However, if the patient is pregnant, the danger becomes much greater, since the effects of the virus on the fetus can be nefarious and – as claimed by Brazilian studies and CDC alarms – can cause various permanent damage to the baby. Which, precisely, microcephaly.


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