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Mexico reports no microcephaly case linked with Zika

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MEXICO CITY — Mexico has not recorded any case of babies born with microcephaly due to their mothers being infected with the Zika virus during pregnancy, Mexican Health Minister Jose Narro said Friday.

FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 file photo, Lara, who is less then 3-months old and was born with microcephaly, is examined by a neurologist at the Pedro I hospital in Campina Grande, Paraiba state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) | Manila Bulletin

 microcephaly (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) | Manila Bulletin

In a press conference, Narro said the Mexican health system had carefully monitored pregnant women infected with Zika but no malformation of babies has been registered until now.

The World Health Organization(WHO) has stated there is strong evidence that pregnant women infected with Zika can give birth to babies with microcephaly and other malformations.

“We have followed pregnant women who probably had… Zika and, until now, we have seen no birth with microcephaly,” the minister said at a ceremony to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the National Cancer Institute in Mexico City.

A report by the Health Ministry on Nov. 21 showed that Mexico had 6,642 confirmed cases of Zika in 24 states, including 3,497 pregnant women.

“We continue to be very careful in our vigilance toward the disease. We have made systematic reports every week,” said the minister.

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