Mexico registered the first case of microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in a baby who died shortly after birth, according the the Ministry of Health Friday (computer translated).
However, the Health Secretariat noted that it does not rule out that other children may be born with this disease. “There is a possibility that more cases of microcephaly related to Zika may be found in the country, so we maintain active epidemiological surveillance,” said the health secretariat.
The first case of microcephaly associated with Zika virus infection in Mexico is a girl “who was born by induction of labor on November 5, 2016, with a gestational age of 33. 5 weeks who died at the time of the birth, “according to health officials. It is also reported that the mother is 25 years old and is from the impoverished state of Oaxaca.
According to the authorities, testing of the amniotic fluid revealed the presence of Zika virus, which took several weeks to confirm.
In Mexico, from November 2015 to January 2017, 7,634 autochthonous cases of Zika virus infection have been confirmed, of which 23 were diagnosed in 2017.
A total of 4,252 pregnant women have been diagnosed with Zika in Mexico, of which 588 have given birth to babies in good health and 3,664 “continue to be closely monitored,” officials said.