Microcephaly case linked to zika virus

Baby born in Oaxaca in November was the first such case in Mexico

The Health Secretariat has confirmed the first case of microcephaly in a newborn infant in Mexico, one that is linked directly to the Zika virus.

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The premature baby died during childbirth in November in the state of Oaxaca.

The National Institute of Perinatology in Mexico City confirmed the microcephaly diagnosis, and found traces of the Zika virus in the amniotic fluid, along with congenital deformities.

The Health Secretariat said in a press release that between November 2015 and January 2017 it confirmed 7,634 cases of Zika infections, 4,252 of which were pregnant women. Of those, 588 have given birth.

The health agency warned it was possible there would be more cases.

The secretariat repeated its recommendations to avoid contracting the Zika virus by using long-sleeved shirts and pants and mosquito repellent; keeping water containers clean and covered; turning pails and bottles upside down, and properly discarding those no longer in use; and keeping doors and windows closed or protected with mosquito nets.

Pregnant women should attend their prenatal appointments and, along with the general public, seek medical consultation in case of suffering any of the symptoms.

The Zika virus is like a mild form of dengue fever transmitted by the same mosquito, and is usually treated by rest. It cannot be prevented by drugs or vaccines.

Official figures indicated that last July there were 667 cases of Zika infections, and that 287 of them were pregnant women.

Source: Zeta Tijuana (sp)

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  • K. Chris C.

    And here we go again with the fake epidemics.

    “Today a meteorite landed on a man taking a bath in his home. It is believed that the _____________ virus was partially to blame. The man had visited the Florida Keys as a child, and it is believed that he became infected then from a mosquito bite. The _________ virus was first detected in a crowded and dirty third world city 2 months ago. It infected 11 there, but is spreading like a wildfire in the much less dense, and very much cleaner, US. Some pols and crats are now calling on mandatory inoculations, and multibillion dollar contracts are ready and waiting for when that is the case. In other fear mongering…”

    An American citizen, not US subject.

  • Gary Chandler

    The smoke screen spreads. Infectious waste is building up in the environment and it’s the driving factor behind the global surge in Zika virus/microcephaly and other brain ailments. Extreme weather is spreading this waste into our food and water supplies like never before. Until we do a better job of containing human sewage, mosquitoes will continue picking up these highly infectious viruses and diseases. http://crossbowcommunications.com/land-application-of-sewage-sludge-spreading-brain-disease/ Mismanaged sewage is contributing to several neurological problems around the world in humans, livestock and wildlife. The battle against mosquitoes is missing the war against infectious waste.

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