Woman With Zika Has Healthy Baby

Woman With Zika Has Healthy BabyWoman With Zika Has Healthy Baby

A woman with a confirmed case of the Zika virus in the southern state of Chiapas gave birth to a “clinically healthy” baby boy, Mexico’s health ministry said. The woman from the town of Pijijiapan, delivered the six pound (2.8 kilo) boy in a hospital in the city of Tuxtla Gutierrez on Friday, AFP reported.

She is one of six known to have contracted Zika while pregnant. Zika, spread by mosquitoes, is under investigation by WHO to confirm whether it is linked to microcephaly - a birth defect in which the infant is born with an abnormally small head. There is no vaccine against Zika so far.

The other five women “are in good health, they are receiving specialized continuous care and are undergoing periodic ultrasound tests,” the ministry said. Brazil said this week that it has registered 508 cases of microcephaly since October, a huge increase over the average annual number of 150 cases.