Zika Virus

First Baby Afflicted By Zika Born in the Mainland U.S.

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It's here.

While the first American baby to be born with the Zika virus was born in Hawaii, a baby with "severe" birth defects has now been born inside the mainland United States in the state of New Jersey.

From the New York Times:

A baby girl delivered on Tuesday at a New Jersey hospital was born with the Zika virus, the mosquito-borne disease that can cause unusually small heads and brain damage in newborns, a doctor said. [...]

Dr. Alvarez said the baby had severe microcephaly, an unusually small head, often accompanied by brain damage, which is characteristic of the virus. He added that to his knowledge, it was the first baby in the Northeast to be born with Zika.

Fittingly, Congress is currently on recess and did not agree on a Zika funding bill before departing for recess last Friday.

It remains to be seen if this story will bolster proponents of fully granting President Obama's request for funding, but I'm not necessarily anticipating that it will. I'm not convinced that anything short of one of their own family members contracting the virus will compel conservative congressmen to act.

The White House is already acting, of course, but the administration is using what's left of the funding appropriated to fight the Ebola virus which is only a fraction of the funding the White House has requested.

  • Aynwrong

    These are the same legislators who screamed panic over Ebola until it was magically cured by an election.

  • muselet

    If congressional Rs do try to pass a Zika funding bill when they return to DC, the—for want of a better term—debate will be (a) how could the Obama administration allow such a tragedy to happen? (cue calls for investigative committees), and (b) what can we cut to pay for the bill? (probably either TANF and SNAP, or public health funding).

    This is what happens when we don’t elect grown-ups.


  • Badgerite

    The Intellectually and Morally Bankrupt Party. IMBP for short.

  • ninjaf

    New Jersey isn’t REAL ‘Murica, anyway.

  • swift_4

    I think this story will have the opposite effect one would think. Instead of saying we need to be prepared to combat the virus, Republicans will be shouting about how a foreigner got into the country to have her anchor baby here. And because it’s got medical problems, it will suck up all those tax dollars they pretend not to waste.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius