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Hackensack University Medical Center delivers First Zika Baby


June 1,2016
the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Hackensack NJ, According to the Bergen Record , “A 31-year-old woman from Honduras, a nation ravaged by the Zika virus, gave birth to a baby suffering from the devastating effects of the virus on Tuesday at Hackensack University Medical Center, the first apparent case in the tri-state area, her physician said.”

It is believed the mother contracted the disease in Honduras after being bitten by a mosquito early in her pregnancy, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed she was infected with the Zika virus, according to Dr. Manny Alvarez, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at Hackensack.

Dr. Alvarez said that the baby delivered by Cesarean-section on Tuesday suffered from low birth weight and severe microcephaly, in which the baby’s head is smaller than expected. This condition can lead to seizures, developmental delays, hearing loss and severe mental disabilities. The baby was also born with intestinal issues and visual issues,

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has previously issued a travelers alert for Honduras.

According to the CDC website a total of 591 cases of Zika virus have been reported in the United States, including 14 in New Jersey and 127 in New York, and in each case the victims contracted the virus while travelling abroad.

16 thoughts on “Hackensack University Medical Center delivers First Zika Baby

  1. The reality is worse. The woman was infected, her family knew it, and yet she traveled here just to deliver the baby.

    First, pregnant woman here are being put is risk by introducing a diseased person, that too in the maternity ward of a hospital.

    Second, US taxpayers will now be on the hook for a lifetime of healthcare aide, special aide and disability for the child.

  2. There is no proof that the zika virus causes microcephaly. This is a fraud. A hoax. Look it up and don’t make the mistake of being too credulous when presented with the hopelessly politically-influenced utterings of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and its echo chamber/amen corner in the popular drive-by media. When do you think we would ever be treated to a hoax, the net effect of which is to sneakily encourage the average woman to try to have more children in their lifetime, rather than fewer? That’s right, never. This particular hoax is almost certainly being perpetrated by pro-birth control, pro-abortion, pro-depopulation, anti-life zealots on both sides of the political aisle like The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and so many others. What a brilliant confluence of memes this zika scare has collected and foisted on women of child-bearing age in the third world and elsewhere, designed to get them to literally hate the idea of pregnancy and banish the thought of carrying any baby to term!

  3. 9:22 you are completely out of your mind.

  4. How so, 10:14? Do you trust the CDC? Or have you studied the issue yourself?

  5. Initial reports were of 4,000 cases of microcephalic infants in Brazil last year, together with the claim that the zika virus was to blame. The data was revisited and revised down to 404 actual, confirmed cases of microcephaly, a reduction of 90 percent. Care to guess in how many of those 404 cases the mother of the baby was found to have zika virus antibodies in her bloodstream?

  6. How so? Your psychosis is evident in every word you typed. Yes I trust the CDC, with the full understanding that they don’t know everything because they are in the process of figuring it out. The fact that microcephaly is becoming quite prevalent in the same regions that a mosquito borne virus is proliferating would lead even a casual observer to believe this is a shared vector. Since it is a new phenomenon, there’s lots of research to be done in the way of liking correlation with causality. The CDC is one of many organizations on this task. It’s scary, uncertain, and unfortunately only time and research will sort it out. Your thinly veiled religious rants about bipartisan anti life agenda, however, clearly disqualify you from having any authority on the matter. I’ll stick with the scientists on this one.

  7. I doubt that 9:22 has researched this any more that the rest of us.

    The World Health Organization and CDC (Public Health Alert) have warned us about Zika. CNN, The New York Times and National Geographic have reported on it.

    Where do you, 9:22, get your information from? Does Donald Trump know about this? He is into conspiracy theories too.

  8. On the contrary, 12:01, christian, more specifically Catholic apologists are among the most highly attuned people in the United States to the shady methods used by Malthus-inspired zealots to4 propound the discredited theory of global overpopulation. Most breathlessly-reported regional health crises followed a predictable script. If one knows the script, it becomes easier to spot the hoax and watch it spread over time. You should be less suspicious of those of us with a well-developed faith perspective and more sceptical of statements made and reports issued by government bureaucrats and scientists. By any chance do you also believe in so-called anthropogenic global warming, or AGW? AGW may be the biggest hoax ever attempted.

  9. “It’s scary, uncertain, and unfortunately only time and research will sort it out.”

    Sounds reasonable.

    But so does this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”

    Winston Churchill said that.

    Have you re-read Orwell’s 1984 or Animal Farm recently?

  10. An interview with John Rappoport.

  11. 12:28, you have removed all doubt. You are frighteningly uninformed and sure of yourself. You take pride in being right when everyone else is wrong, and any sliver of reality that threatens your perch atop your imaginary hill of righteousness must be derided vociferously. 12:50 yes I have, and what’s your point?

  12. Okay, 12:28, then you must be okay with the fact that all stories relating to the abject fraud that was the recent so-called Swine Flu Epidemic have been tossed down the memory hole in a bid to eliminate a permanent black mark on the CDC’s record. No honesty, no accuracy. 22 million cases of swine flu in the U.S. alone? What a load of swine excrement the CDC dumped on us in that instance!

  13. 2:38, do you fear global overpopulation in the near, middle, or long term?

  14. 4:29

    Near. Have you ever been outside the US? Been to India or China? Mexico, even?

  15. Been outside the U.S., yes, but not to any of the three countries you named, 10:23am. Does Catholic doctrine not resonate with you? Widespread tolerance for and use of contraceptives have steadily hollowed out our culture and engendered widespread moral decay. What followed in its tens of millions since it was legalized nationwide in the early seventies is the ultimate horror of abortion. Many people don’t know that widespread use of birth control is the root cause of the current abortion holocaust in our country. It seems contrary to (secular) logic, but the data bear that out. Bad trees bear bad fruit. Our society’s decision to countenance the widespread use of birth control has produced a highway to hell. An unbelievably well-traveled one at that. Catholic doctrine is clear that good does not flow from evil. Mathus-inspired NGOs that have been pushing birth control on Catholic countries like Brazil for decades will not miss a step in capitalizing on the media-fueled Zika virus scare to get a better foothold. “Avoid giving birth to a deformed baby!”, they will cry. Other organizations are already offering abortion cruises disembarking from Brazilian ports, that procedure being still illegal both in that country and within its territorial waters. This shows that such organizations expect to gain ground in their mission to stem so-called global overpopulation, even as the science underlying the Zika-microcephaly connection is shown to be as thin as shoe leather soup. Eventually only the Malthus-inspired zealots will continue to believe that the Zika virus causes Microcephaly. By then the rest of us will find ourselves being led by the nose to the next overblown health crisis.

  16. 10:14am and 12:10pm, your heaping serving of crow is on its way. Hope you’re hungry! Yours truly, 9:22am.
    New doubts on Zika as cause of microcephaly
    Science Daily | June 24, 2016 | New England Complex Systems Institute
    Brazil’s microcephaly epidemic continues to pose a mystery — if Zika is the culprit, why are there no similar epidemics in other countries also hit hard by the virus?

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