First baby with Zika-related microcephaly born in Guatemala

The first baby with microcephaly linked to Zika infection has been born in Guatemala, according to officials.

The director of the infectious diseases department at Guatemala City’s Hospital Roosevelt, Carlos Meija, said that another two babies were being tested to establish whether their mothers had been infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy.

He also said that doctors had seen two cases of Zika-related Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition of the peripheral nervous system which can cause temporary paralysis and even death.
Microcephaly is characterised by a smaller than average head in babies, which is the result of an underdeveloped brain.
Zika has now been detected in more than 60 countries and territories across the world, but has been largely concentrated in South America, Central America and the southern states of the USA.

Brazil, where the current outbreak originated, has seen approximately 1,800 cases of birth defects related to the virus.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801823776-ADNFCR