Complications Found in Baby Suffering from Zika-related Microcephaly

Abdulla Al-Khan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, discusses the medical condition of the tri-state area's first Zika-linked microcephaly baby.

Abdulla Al-Khan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, discusses the medical condition of the tri-state area's first Zika-linked microcephaly baby.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

“The baby clearly has suffered significant neurologic insult: the head is significantly small; the baby has eye problems— [she] is not able to see from one eye; the baby had [gastrointestinal] abnormalities, [such as] dilatation of the gut. Now whether [these complications are] secondary to the neurologic insult, or a complication of [the] Zika infection, I don’t think we know the answer as of yet. But truly, [there is] a tremendous amount of neurologic insult that the baby has developed so far.”