>> The recent death of a baby in Texas linked to Zika. Health officials confirming Tuesday that the infant, who died shortly after birth, had contracted the virus in the womb and developed the brain defect microcephaly. Reuters health correspondent, Bill Berkrot, says this was a severe case.>> The severity really is what determines the life span.
It can be a few months, it can be days. It can be ten years. A baby with microcephaly can last eight or ten years, if it gets the proper developmental care. One of the reasons you may have early deaths, there are cases where they actually see a lot of fluid between the brain and the skull, which is an indication that the brain has actually, instead of increasing in size as the baby progresses in the womb, has actually shrunk.
>> More than 1,800 cases of the mosquito-borne Zika have been confirmed in the United States. At least, 15 babies have birth defects because of it. On Tuesday, Florida's governor said the number of locally transmitted cases in the state jumped by four to 19 in total, but the vast majority of those affected in the country contracted the virus while traveling in areas of South or Central America.
The mother of the baby in Texas had come to the Houston area from her native El Salvador during her second trimester.>> Again, this is a travel associated case. We do not have any evidence Zika in our local mosquitoes here.>> This is the second Zika related death in the continental US.
In June, an elderly man from Utah died from complications linked to the virus.