Zika virus and related microcephaly detected in Martinique, France

France announces cases of Zika virus and microcephaly in Martinique. | Courtesy of Shutterstock

The Zika virus has made its debut appearance in Martinique, France, in a mother and her unborn child. 

After testing at 22 weeks and one day on March 10, the fetus was discovered to have microcephaly. It was checked again a week later, and tested positive for the Zika virus via polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The mother was recommended to medically terminate the pregnancy.

Zika virus is a probable proponent of microcephaly, and this particular case provides information on Zika virus transmission from mother to fetus. The mother of the fetus had been tested for Zika virus in December, January and February, testing positive for it every time. This particular case shows that though the mother had the Zika virus some time before, the fetus can still test positive for Zika virus via PCR months after. Likewise, it continues to show the connection between early pregnancies and microcephaly.

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