Baby with severe birth defect due to Zika virus born in New Jersey

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

HACKENSACK, New Jersey -- A baby with a Zika virus-linked birth defect has been born in New Jersey.

The baby was born Tuesday with microcephaly, a condition where the child's brain and head are partially developed resulting in a smaller sized head.

The mother is 31-years-old and contracted Zika virus while visiting Honduras.

She delivered the baby while visiting in the United States. Her country of origin is not yet known.

Doctors report the baby also has intestinal and visual issues.

The hospital asked for privacy for the mother as she and her baby receive care.

In January, health officials confirmed that a baby with severe microcephaly was born in Hawaii to a woman who had become infected with the Zika virus while living in Brazil.

Earlier this month health officials in Puerto Rico confirmed their first case of a fetus with severe microcephaly linked to local transmission of the virus.