Health officials: Texas infant death linked to Zika virus

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (WHLT) — The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed that the recent death of an infant was linked to Zika.

Health officials said the infant who recently died Harris County, Texas had microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. Texas officials said the child died shortly after birth.

This is the first Zika-related death reported in Texas.

According to Texas health officials, the mother was in Latin America, where she was infected, and the baby acquired the infection in the womb.

“Zika’s impact on unborn babies can be tragic, and our hearts are with this family,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, Texas Department of State Health Services commissioner. “Our central mission from the beginning has been to do everything we can to protect unborn babies from the devastating effects of Zika.”

DSHS is coordinating with Harris County Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to follow the cases.

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