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The first US baby with microcephaly linked to Zika was born


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The Asian tiger mosquito can carry the Zika virus. (frankieleon/Flickr)

A baby girl was just born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus in New Jersey, making her the first in the continental US. Now, fears are running amuck.

The mom contracted Zika while in Honduras, and traveled to the US to visit family, where she was diagnosed with the disease. The doctors at Hackensack University Medical Center performed an emergency C-section to deliver the baby, and (as ultrasounds had concluded) she was born with microcephaly, along with intestinal and visual issues.

While she is the first baby born in the continental US with Zika-linked microcephaly, she is not the first in the country. A few months back, a woman in Hawaii gave birth to a baby with a severe case resulting from the virus as well.

Should you be worried? Only if you are or are trying to become pregnant and have traveled to places where Zika is running rampant. The CDC claims 591 people have been diagnosed with Zika in the US and each case has been related to traveling abroad.

There's no vaccine yet, so what can you do to avoid contracting Zika? Wear long-sleeves and pants, and bug spray!

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The first US baby with microcephaly linked to Zika was born

Christina Buff

Christina is a freelance writer from a tiny town in Southern Maryland who just can't seem to figure out whether others are being sarcastic or not. She has a degree in business communication, with a focus in writing, from Stevenson University, and has written things for Severna Park Voice, Maryland Film Festival, The Villager, and Hello Giggles. Follow her on twitter @tinaBUFF where she constantly overthinks her tweets, or read her medley of musings at touchinfinity.wordpress.com.

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