Newborn dies from Zika virus in Texas

A newborn child died in Texas shortly after birth due to complications stemming from the Zika virus, becoming the state's first Zika-related fatality, health authorities said Tuesday.

The child, who died in the Houston area, was infected in the womb while the mother was in Latin America. The case is considered travel-related, the Texas Department of Health Services said in a statement.

There have been 99 cases of Zika reported in Texas, including another newborn with microcephaly, a condition where a baby has an abnormally small head, often stemming from brain underdevelopment.

Zika infections are usually asymptomatic, but some people experience a mild illness lasting about a week. In pregnant women, though, Zika can cause microcephaly and other severe birth defects in their children.

Latin America has been hit especially hard with the virus, which is spread primarily by mosquitoes. In recent weeks, the first Zika cases stemming from mosquitoes in the continental US were confirmed in Florida.

Last update: Tue, 09/08/2016 - 18:04

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