Sunday 21 January 2018

Canada reports first birth defect linked to Zika virus

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Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Canada has confirmed its first case of a birth defect related to the Zika virus.

"Canada confirms two maternal-to-fetal transmissions of Zika virus, including one with severe neurological congenital anomalies," the Public Health Agency of Canada said on its website Thursday.

This is the second confirmed case of maternal-to-fetal transmission of the virus in Canada. A pregnant woman who was infected while travelling transmitted the virus to her baby, but the child appears to be healthy.

The Canadian public health agency said it is aware of 13 confirmed cases of the virus in pregnant women in Canada.

The total number of confirmed cases of the Zika virus in Canada, meanwhile, has risen to 205 as of August 11.

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Two were the result of sexual transmission, while the remainder were travel-related.

The mosquito-borne virus has been linked to a spike in microcephaly in Brazil. The Zika outbreak first came to light last fall in Brazil and has spread rapidly in the Americas.

Florida is the only U.S. state where people have been infected locally by a mosquito bite

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