Europe’s First Zika Baby Born Today in Spain

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In this Feb. 12, 2016 photo, Lara, who is just under 3- months-old and was born with microcephaly, is examined by a neurologist at the Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande in Paraiba state, Brazil. Paraiba and Pernambuco in Brazilís impoverished northeast are ground zero for the Zika epidemic. Since Zika was first detected in Brazil, the two states have accounted for almost half of the 6,158 reported cases of babies born with shrunken heads, a rare condition known as microcephaly. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
In this Feb. 12, 2016 photo, Lara, who is just under 3- months-old and was born with microcephaly, is examined by a neurologist at the Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande in Paraiba state, Brazil. Paraiba and Pernambuco in Brazilís impoverished northeast are ground zero for the Zika epidemic. Since Zika was first detected in Brazil, the two states have accounted for almost half of the 6,158 reported cases of babies born with shrunken heads, a rare condition known as microcephaly. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The first case of a baby born with microcephaly birth defect linked to the Zika virus has been born in Europe.

The woman who is believed to have contracted the disease in Columbia when she was 13 weeks pregnant was diagnosed with the virus in May but decided to keep the baby and it was born today in Barcelona.

The baby was born via cesarean section.

This Zika birth comes just weeks before the Olympic Games commences in Brazil, where the virus originated.

© 2016, Ayandola Ayanleke. All rights reserved.

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