First Zika microcephaly birth in Europe
Spain was the first country in Europe to have a microcephaly birth. The mother apparently caught the virus while traveling in Latin America, without any specifics being revealed. The parents was aware from an early stage that the fetus had microcephaly, but decided to go ahead with the pregnancy. The baby was born by caesarean section, and the parents are reportedly very excited about the birth.
“The baby did not require any resuscitation,” Felix Castillo, neonatal chief at the Vall d’Hebron hospital in Barcelona, told a press conference, adding that the infant’s vital signs were “normal and stable”. The baby’s gender has not been revealed for privacy reasons.
Experts say the threat for the transmission of the Zika virus will increase this summer, with a low to moderate risk predicted across Europe.
"The risk for an outbreak of Zika virus disease in the European Region should not be underestimated. The potential link with microcephaly and neurological disorders is of particular concern," a March 2016 press release from the WHO European Regional Office stated.
Researchers predicts that tens of thousands of babies may be born with Zika-related disorders in the course of the this disease outbreak, which is spreading from Latin America and the Caribbean.
Mathematical projections suggest about 93.4 million people may catch the virus – including around 1.65 million pregnant women – before the epidemic fizzles out, a team reported in the journal Nature Microbiology.
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