2 new Zika cases reported in Osceola County

Zika-related microcephaly case confirmed in Florida


Two new cases of Zika were confirmed in Osceola County hours after officials reported a  Zika-related case of microcephaly in a child born in Florida whose mother had a travel-related case of the virus.

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The Florida Department of Health said Tuesday that the woman, a citizen of Haiti, came to Florida to deliver her baby.

Officials said there are four new cases of the virus on Tuesday, with two in Miami-Dade and two in Osceola counties. The new cases bring the total number of Zika cases in Florida to 187 and 40 additional cases involving pregnant women.

Gov. Rick Scott is asking federal health experts to talk with Florida medical professionals about what precautions pregnant women should take.

The CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to areas affected by Zika.

Microcephaly is a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, according to a release from FDOH.

In a separate statement, Scott says it's "heartbreaking" to learn about the diagnosis. Last week, Scott used his emergency powers to authorize spending up to $26.2 million to try and stop Zika's spread.

Babies often have developmental delays, intellectual disability, problems with movement and balance, hearing loss and vision problems, officials said.

The mosquito-borne virus is linked to birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development.