Puerto Rico identifies first case of Zika-related microcephaly

On Friday, Puerto Rico reported its first case of Zika-related microcephaly, inciting concerns from health official because the fetus' abnormally small head wasn't detected until the eighth month of pregnancy, according to a report from the Associated Press relayed by NBC News.

The baby, born within the last two weeks, has severe brain defects, along with hearing and vision issues. According to the territory's health secretary, authorities are currently investigating why the condition was identified so late, even though the mother showed signs of Zika as early as two months into her pregnancy. The woman reportedly did not receive continuous prenatal care until late in her second trimester. The case occurred in the island nation's capital, San Juan.

As of Oct. 20, the CDC has reported more than 2,000 cases of Zika among pregnant women in U.S. territories. In the states, that number is nearing 1,000.

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