It was confirmed by Texas that recently, an infant who died in Harris County was diagnosed with microcephaly related to the Zika virus.
Moments after birth, the baby passed away. Now, it is considered as the first Zika-related death reported in Texas. The mother of the infant was in Latin America during her pregnancy. She contracted the virus there, and the baby acquired the infection in the womb, according to ABC.
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The baby’s condition was confirmed by recent test results, revealing link to Zika. The infection contracted by the mother and the baby is categorized as a travel-related case. However, no additional threat related to the virus is currently present in Texas.
Texas reported the baby’s death as the state’s first case of microcephaly linked to Zika, reported Chron.
“We are devastated to report our first case of Zika-associated death, and our hearts go out to the family,” said Umair Shah, director of Harris County Public Health Executive.
“While this is a travel-associated case, we know that prevention is key to reducing the risk of Zika virus infection.”
There are 97 reported cases of the virus in Texas based on latest estimates given by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Judge Ed Emmett from Harris County and state officials are observing Zika-related developments worldwide. Emmett added that officials are ready to respond to any local developments.
“Our central mission from the beginning has been to do everything we can to protect unborn babies from the devastating effects of Zika,” said the commissioner of Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr John Hellerstedt.