Mexico Confirms First Case Of Zika-Related Birth Defect

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Mexico City: Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly.

The ministry said in a statement yesterday that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on November 5 last year.

The ministry says it took several months to confirm the microcephaly, which is characterised by newborns with abnormally small heads, was related to Zika.

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From November 2015 through the end of January, there have been 7,634 confirmed cases of Zika in Mexico, including 4,252 in pregnant women.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that has spread through Latin America and the Caribbean since 2015.