Though national news of Zika infections have quieted with a winter slowdown in spread of the disease, San Diego, California recently saw the first baby born with a severe Zika-related birth defect.
The child’s mother was infected with Zika while traveling in a country where Zika is common, according to the County of San Diego. The child was born with the birth defect microcephaly, which has been associated with Zika infection in the mother. Microcephaly causes an infant’s brain and head to be abnormally small, typically resulting in developmental and neurological health problems.
“Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites and speak with a health care provider upon return,” said County public health officer Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H.
86 San Diego residents had contracted the disease from 2015-2017 as of March 24 of this year, according….