First baby born in Canada with Zika-related birth defects

Health officials announced the first Zika-affected baby born in Canada has severe birth defects as a result of the virus.

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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.

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