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Hawaii baby born with defect linked to Zika virus

Published:Friday | January 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM
This 2006 file photo provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a female Aedes aegypti mosquito in the process of acquiring a blood meal from a human host.


Health officials said that a baby born in a Hawaii hospital is the first in the United States with a birth defect linked to the Zika virus, a tropical illness currently found in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The Hawaii state Department of Health said that it is likely that the baby's mother contracted the disease while living in Brazil last year and passed it on while her child was in the womb.