Baby born in Spain with Zika-caused microcephaly is first in Europe

A woman infected with the Zika virus gave birth to a baby with the brain-damaging disorder microcephaly in Spain on Monday, her hospital said, the first case of its kind in Europe. The mother, who has not been identified, caught the virus on a trip abroad but authorities have declined to say where. A hospital source said she was infected in Latin America, where the virus is prevalent. “The baby did not require any resuscitation,” Felix Castillo, neonatal chief at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, said, adding that the infant’s vital signs were “normal and stable”. The baby’s sex has not been revealed for privacy reasons.

The mother is doing well.

Elena Carreras, head of obstetrics

The newborn’s health is being constantly “monitored” and initial tests confirm that “its head circumference is smaller than normal and that it has microcephaly”, Castillo added. The baby was born by Caesarean section after 40 weeks of pregnancy. A woman in Slovenia who was pregnant with a baby with microcephaly was previously found to have been carrying the virus, but she decided to have an abortion. Researchers said Monday that tens of thousands of babies may be born with debilitating Zika-related disorders in the course of the outbreak sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean.