Doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey confirmed Tuesday the birth of a child suffering from Zika-linked microcephaly, a condition wherein the child's brain and head are partially developed.
The mother, who is 31 but whose name was not disclosed, contracted the Zika virus while in Honduras and was admitted to the emergency room at Hackensack on Friday while vacationing in the United States. Tuesday, doctors delivered her baby girl, who was born also with intestinal and visual issues. She is believed to be the first child born with Zika-linked complications in the New York tri-state area.
The child's mother, who developed a rash for two days in Honduras but had no other symptoms until arriving in the U.S., was under the care of a surgical team led by Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan and Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor at FoxNews.com and chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack. A neonatologist and pediatric infectious disease specialist, as well as nursing personnel, were on hand for the birth.
Dr. Abdulla Al-Khan, the hospital's director of maternal-fetal medicine and surgery, says the mother came to the U.S. to seek treatment after Zika symptoms were discovered. He says the virus was later confirmed.
Al-Khan says an ultrasound last week revealed birth defects, including microcephaly, in which the baby's head is smaller than expected because the brain hasn't developed properly.
The doctor says the baby looks "completely Zika-affected," but confirmation of the virus in the infant is pending testing.
A baby in Hawaii was born with microcephaly related to Zika earlier this year