NYC sees first baby born with defects due to Zika

New York City has seen its first baby born with a brain defect due to the Zika virus, the city announced Friday. 

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The city’s health department announced that a baby was born with microcephaly, which is caused by Zika and causes serious developmental problems in babies. 

The mother contracted Zika not in New York City but somewhere the virus is being actively spread, the city said. Typically it is spread by mosquitos. 

“While not surprising, given the travel trends of our global city, this case is a strong reminder of the tragic consequences of the Zika virus,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett said in a statement. “We are monitoring the baby’s health closely and connecting the family with the necessary services to take care of their child.”

She stressed the guidance that pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant should avoid travel to places where the Zika virus is being transmitted. 

The baby is one of several known cases of babies being born with microcephaly in the United States due to the Zika virus in recent months.