A woman visiting the U.S. gave birth to a baby with microcephaly in Hackensack, New Jersey, after contracting the Zika virus elsewhere, according to ABC News.
First local baby with severe birth defect due to Zika virus born in New Jersey. https://t.co/eKOsycFST3— Eyewitness News (@Eyewitness News) 1464788317.0
The 31-year-old mother from Honduras is receiving "exceptional" care, hospital officials told ABC News.
Dr. Abdulla Al-Kahn, Hackensack University Medical Center’s director of maternal-fetal medicine and surgery, told WABC-TV that the prognosis for babies born with microcephaly — an abnormally small head and brain — is "generally very poor."
"It was very sad for us to see a baby born with such a condition," he said, adding that the baby’s mother is "hanging in there.”
"But of course what human being isn't going to be devastated by this news?" he said.