REPORT: First Zika-affected child born in New Jersey

By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog

Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey has reportedly confirmed the birth of a child suffering from Zika-linked microcephaly, Save Jerseyans. It’s the first confirmed case of a Zika birth in the New York metropolitan area.

stopmosquitoes_456pxIn this case, the afflicted child’s brain and head are only partially developed in addition to severe intestinal and visual issues.

The mother reportedly contracted the Zika virus while in Honduras.

The Zika virus spreads primarily through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus’s symptoms are typically mild in adults but can cause severe complications for developing babies in their mothers’ wombs.

According to the CDC, “Zika virus was first discovered in 1947 and is named after the Zika Forest in Uganda. In 1952, the first human cases of Zika were detected and since then, outbreaks of Zika have been reported in tropical Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Zika outbreaks have probably occurred in many locations. Before 2007, at least 14 cases of Zika had been documented, although other cases were likely to have occurred and were not reported. Because the symptoms of Zika are similar to those of many other diseases, many cases may not have been recognized.”