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‘Only a matter of time’: Canada’s first baby with Zika-related birth defects reported

Canada’s public health agency is reporting the country’s first baby with “severe neurological congenital anomalies” resulting from the Zika virus.

  • Exile1981

    The fact that they listed the mom as “unknown source of cantagion” is worrying.

    • I suspect she travelled to some Third World hole.

      • Exile1981

        reading several other sources they said she hadn’t travelled. They are trying to determine if she had unprotected sex with someone who had travelled or if a travellor was bitten by a canadian mosquito that then bit her.

  • The Butterfly

    Just love the gifts the 3rd world keeps on giving.

  • tom_billesley

    Italian man found to have zika virus in his sperm, six months after symptoms began, twice as long as previously thought possible.

    Rome, August 11 – The mosquito-borne Zika virus responsible for severe birth defects can remain in the sperm of infected men up to six months after symptoms begin, according to a new study out Thursday by Rome’s Spallanzani Institute for Infectious Diseases published on Eurosurveillance medical journal.

    This implies the virus could also be transmitted sexually, and not just through mosquito bites.

    The article documents the case of a 30-year-old man who returned to Italy in January 2016, two weeks after he was first diagnosed with a Zika infection he contracted in Haiti, and whose sperm remained positive for the virus 188 days later. “The results (have) implications for potential sexual transmission,” experts wrote.

    At least 80% of Zika cases are asymptomatic, they added.

    • Exile1981

      That means if it is replicating in the testes that he will be a carier for life.

  • ntt1

    Surely the Zika virus and the microcephaly it causes will be key in breeding a new politico-media class