A 31-year-old Honduran woman gave birth in New Jersey to a baby girl with Zika-related birth defects, the Associated Press reports.
One of the birth defects was microcephaly, which causes severely small heads in newborns.
The woman, who asked to remain unidentified, delivered by cesarean section Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center. She is visiting from Honduras, CNN reports.
This is the second infant born in the United States with birth defects from the mosquito-borne virus. The first was born to a woman from Hawaii who previously resided in Brazil, where the Zika epidemic originated.
“The mother is stable, obviously sad, which is the normal emotional reaction given the situation,” said Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, director of maternal and fetal medicine at Hackensack University Medical Center in an interview with CNN.
Al-Khan told the AP that the mother was diagnosed in Central America and traveled to New Jersey (where family resides) to receive treatment:
So far, all the nearly 600 cases of Zika infection reported in the United States have been connected to travel to outbreak areas – none were locally transmitted. Of that tally, 168 are pregnant women. The CDC has not released details about those pregnancies or any outcome.
The World Health Organization declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global health emergency in February.
Zika has been linked to a variety of health defects, such as babies born with severely small heads, and neurological problems that can be fatal or lead to temporary paralysis in adults. The virus is carried and transmitted primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito, according to the CDC. Countries and territories affected by Zika can be seen here.
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