Martinique confirms first Zika-related microcephaly case

Martinique has confirmed the island's first Zika-related microcephaly case. | Courtesy of Shutterstock

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced Saturday that the National IHR Focal Point for France has confirmed the first Zika virus case with fetal microcephaly on the island of Martinique.

The case was confirmed March 10 by the presence of Zika virus in samples of amniotic fluid and fetal blood samples.

Officials believe the mother contracted Zika early in pregnancy and, after several months, the fetus contracted it as well.

WHO officials continue to monitor and analyze the case, urging travelers visiting areas with confirmed cases of Zika virus to be vigilant about mosquito bites and to practice safe sex with partners who may have or have had the virus.

The WHO has not issued any travel warnings to Martinique based on the new case there.

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