Haitian woman gives birth to Zika baby in Florida after coming to America for medical treatment – making child the fourth born in the U.S. with defects caused by virus

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
By Paul Martin

Haitian woman with Zika virus gave birth to baby in Florida, officials said
Child has microcephaly – the shrunken head birth defect caused by Zika
Baby is the fourth to be born in the U.S. after their mothers caught virus
Cost of caring for the baby – who is a U.S. citizen – could cost $10million

28 June 2016

A baby has been born in Florida with defects caused by the Zika virus after its mother traveled to the U.S. from Haiti to give birth.

The mother – who has not been identified – contracted Zika abroad before entering the country, officials said.

The child was born with microcephaly, a condition that causes babies to be born with shrunken heads and often leads to developmental issues.

The baby is the fourth child to be born in the U.S. with defects caused by Zika after their mothers contracted the incurable virus while abroad.

The Florida Department of Health confirmed the birth on Tuesday, but did not say when or at what hospital the baby was born.

The woman is a Haitian citizen, officials confirmed. It is not known whether she entered the country illegally.

The baby is a U.S. citizen because it was born on American soil, meaning the cost of the child’s care will likely be covered – at least in part – by the state.

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