First Zika-Related Microcephaly Case Reported in Puerto Rico After CDC Links Birth Defects To Zika Virus


Southern Med Law Is Investigating Zika Virus Birth Defects And Microcephaly Birth Defect Lawsuits Associated With The Chemical Pyriproxyfen.

zika-virus-birth-defects-attorneyZika Microcephaly Birth Defects Lawsuit News: Nearly one month after U.S. health authorities concluded the Zika virus causes microcephaly, the first Zika-related microcephaly birth defects case was confirmed in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted tests on a fetus that had the Zika virus and microcephaly, a severe birth defect that causes an abnormally small head and underdeveloped brain in a baby, according to ABC News.

Southern Med Law is currently investigating Zika virus microcephaly birth defects lawsuit claims associated with the mosquito borne Zika virus or the chemical, pyriproxyfen, If you or a loved one gave birth to a baby with microcephaly or other birth defects believed to be linked to the Zika virus or the chemical pyriproxyfen, contact Southern Med Law by calling 1-205-547-5525 or visit for more information and to fill out a contact form.

Puerto Rican health officials did not provide much information on the death of the infant only to say the woman did not test positive for the virus, but apparently had the virus at some point. Puerto Rico has confirmed 925 cases of Zika virus which includes 128 pregnant women. Additionally, at least 14 pregnant women diagnosed with Zika have given birth to babies who did not have microcephaly, according to the news report.

CDC Report Confirms Link Between Link Between Prenatal Zika Virus and microcephaly

In April, the CDC published a special report in The New England Journal of Medicine confirming a link between prenatal Zika virus infection, microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies. The Zika virus is spread from from the bite of two species of infected mosquitoes, one of which is more likely to transmit Zika, according to the CDC. The Zika virus poses the greatest risk to pregnant women because of complications the disease can cause during pregnancy including passing the virus to the fetus. A baby infected with the Zika virus can be born with a smaller brain which can lead to impaired development and future medical problems.

As of May 11, the CDC reported 503 confirmed cases of Zika virus in the United States, which includes 48 pregnant women. At the same time, 701 Zika cases have been reported in U.S. territories and 65 cases involve pregnant women. People infected with Zika experience such symptoms as joint pain, rash, fever, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). Symptoms last from several days to a week and people infected with the virus usually do not require hospitalization.
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CDC Warns U.S. Travelers Of Zika-Related Microcephaly Cases

The CDC began warning U.S. travelers in January about the virus after reports increased of Zika-related microcephaly cases in Brazil and other South American countries. In February, a group of Argentine doctors offered another possible reason for the rising number of microcephaly cases in Brazil. The Physicians in Crop-Sprayed Towns pointed to the Brazilian government’s project in 2014 to reduce the mosquito population which involved a chemical larvicide called, pyriproxyfen, which causes malformations in mosquitoes. According to the report, the chemical was injected into the drinking water supply to stop mosquitos from developing in drinking water tanks. The areas where pyriproxyfen was used saw a significant increase in microcephaly birth defects in newborns. Pyriproxyfen is made by Sumitomo Chemical, a Toyko-based company which has subsidiary offices in the United States.

About Southern Med Law And Filing A Microcephaly Birth Defect Lawsuit

Southern Med Law is a patient and consumer advocacy organization providing legal representation to the victims of negligent personal injuries, medical malpractice, dangerous drugs, faulty medical devices and defective products. Led by Dr. François Blaudeau, an attorney and a practicing obstetrician/ gynecologist, the legal staff at Southern Med Law possesses a deep understanding of the complex medical and legal questions at issue in all manner of product liability and personal injury claims. They’re not afraid to take on the nation’s largest corporations in their pursuit of justice, and are committed to ensuring that all victims have access to the type of aggressive legal advocacy that assures success.

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2224 1st Avenue North
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Phone: 205-547-5525

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