Travel-related Zika infection kills Texas infant

Published on : Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Zika virusOn Tuesday, an infant who had been born with birth ailment microcephaly in Houston region died as a consequence of being infection with Zika virus. Texas health officials have said that the baby had caught the infection while it was inside the womb, after the mother had visited Latin America.


The Texas Department of State Health Services stated that the infant had died in Harris County a few minutes after birth and was diagnosed with microcephaly. Microcephaly is a birth defect caused by the Zika virus that leads to smaller heads in infants that are likely to cause serious developmental issues in babies.


According to U.S. health officials, if pregnant women are infected with Zika, their babies are likely to develop microcephaly.


The death of this infant is the very first death associated with Zika in Texas, as stated by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


The department added that the mother and her baby have been categorized as getting infected by travel-related Zika infection. He went on to add that this is the one and only Zika-related death in Texas.


However, the department did not divulge any information about the exact timing about the infant’s death, nor did it specify the nation to which the mother had visited. Furthermore, it also did not disclose the name of the mother or the gender of the baby.


The Zika virus first originated in Brazil where it became the culprit for several microcephaly cases. Brazil had recorded the very first Zika outbreak incident and from here it spread in the Americas.


The Texas Department of State Health Services said that there were 97 cases of Zika infection in Texas and this includes two infants who had developed microcephaly. The department also said that none of the Zika cases in Texas were caused by the transmission from mosquitoes.


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