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St. Lucia records first case of microcephaly for the year

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Dec 13, CMC – St. Lucia has recorded its first case of microcephaly for this year and health authorities are awaiting the results of tests to see whether the case is linked to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

Microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to other babies of the same sex and age. Zika is listed as one of several causes of the condition.

The other causes include chromosomal disorders such as Down’s syndrome, maternal viral infections such as rubella and maternal alcoholism or drug abuse.

Health authorities here said that the microcephaly case was discovered last Friday and brings to four, the number of such cases recorded here.

However, the official say none of the three previous cases was Zika-related.

  • Countries: St_Lucia

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