Via The Canadian Press
Canada’s public health agency has confirmed the country’s first case of Zika-related congenital anomalies in a fetus.
The Public Health Agency of Canada says the fetus has “severe congenital neurological anomalies.”
It’s Canada’s second case of maternal-to-fetal transmission of the virus, which has been linked to the birth defect microcephaly, where babies are born with abnormally small heads.
The first case of maternal-to-fetal transmission occurred in a baby that was confirmed to have the virus, but did not have related birth defects and so far does not appear to have microcephaly.
A World Health Organization report released Thursday also mentions Canada as the latest country to report a case of congenital malformation associated with a Zika infection.
As of Thursday, there have been 205 confirmed cases of travel-related Zika infections in Canada.