First baby born with Zika-related microcephaly in NYC

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NEW YORK — The first baby born with Zika-related microcephaly was born in New York City.

The mother was infected with the mosquito-born virus while traveling to a country where the Zika virus has been found, health officials said on Friday.

The baby tested positive for Zika and was diagnosed with microcephaly — having a smaller than normal head — and other brain problems. Health officials are working with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on the case.

There have been no other confirmed cases of babies born with Zika-related microcephaly in New York City, health officials said Friday afternoon.

The health department announced earlier this week that physicians have requested more than 2,000 woman be tested for the virus.

More than 41 pregnant woman was tested positive for Zika as of July 15. All the cases have been associated with travel to a country with high risk of Zika transmission.

In June, health officials said there are currently 233 confirmed Zika cases in the city, a number they said was likely to rise in the next few months. More than half of the people who tested positive had recently visited Dominican Republic.