Zika virus has appeared in a novel form in one of the cases of Miami where a newborn seemed to have no signs of the infection, but doctors said she was not healthy.
Microcephaly is a condition that is looked for whenever a baby is born from a mother contracted the disease. This is where a baby is found having a smaller size of the head along with declined cognitive brain abilities, which signifies that the baby has been affected with the virus. In the Miami case, The new baby showed no such symptom making everything look like perfect.
However, the doctors found the eight-week-old infant to have inherited the disease while she did not show any indications as such. Maria Ramirez de Mendoza gave birth to a baby girl, Micaela Milagros Mendoza, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in June. The baby weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce when she was born with brown hair and red cheeks. The mother was ready to take her daughter home when the doctors stopped her saying her daughter was exhibiting some Zika infection signs.
The mother contracted the infection in April when she was the third month of pregnancy at her native Venezuela. She went through the complications and was worried about the health of her newbie. She was relieved to see that her infant did not show any symptom of microcephaly. But her joy was short-spanned. The baby girl was found with a slight damage to one eye along with one side of her body being stiff.
“She looks normal to me, but the doctors say she’s not,” the mother said.
University of Miami’s team of doctors took a lot of time to diagnose the Zika virus case. One of the experts, Ivan Gonzalez, said that the Zika-infected mother had undergone ultrasounds in Venezuela as well as Miami, the reports of which were normal. He added that the only thing that was visible was a scar on Micaela’s brain. “The plan right now is to follow her for five to six years,” Gonzalez told CBS News.