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What Led You to Suspect and Diagnose a Zika Virus Infection in the Hackensack Patient?

Abdulla Al-Khan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, describes the diagnosis of the tri-state area's first case of Zika-linked microcephaly in a newborn child.

Abdulla Al-Khan, MD, director of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center, describes the diagnosis of the tri-state area's first case of Zika-linked microcephaly in a newborn child.

Interview Transcript (slightly modified for readability)

"The reason we suspected a Zika infection in this patient [who] came to our facility is because number one, the findings that we detected on the ultrasound, which primarily [showed] significant microcephaly, and then looking at the history of the patient, that she came from a Zika-infected area, which was Honduras. I think that led to a high suspicion of a potentially Zika-infected fetus.

Most likely she was infected in the latter part of her first trimester."