Category Archives: Health

Mexico confirms first case of Zika-linked birth defect

AP – Mexico’s health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly. The ministry said in a statement Friday that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on Nov. 5, 2016.

5 cases of Zika-linked Guillian-Barre reported

Indian Express – Five cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome associated with the Zika virus infection have been confirmed in Mexico. The cases, found in the southern part of the country, were identified in three men and two women averaging 18 years old. To date, Mexico has reported a total of 3,268 locally acquired cases of the Zika virus, which has also been linked to the birth defect microcephaly.

Designing babies or saving lives in Mexico?

BBC -The headlines earlier this week that a baby had been born using DNA from three people got the world very excited – no more so than in Mexico, where the technique was carried out. The doctors used a method that takes all the vital DNA from the mother’s egg plus healthy mitochondria from a donor egg to create a new egg that’s then fertilised with the father’s sperm.

While the little boy isn’t the first baby to be created by combining DNA from three people, the method used is a new and significant one that experts say could help families with rare genetic conditions to conceive healthy babies.

37 Zika virus cases confirmed in seven states

Africa News – Mexican authorities have confirmed 37 cases of Zika virus infection in seven of the country’s 32 states. 34 people were infected locally while three others were infected abroad. 24 of the confirmed cases were in the southern state of Chiapas with the rest in Oaxaca, Nuevo Leon, Tamaulipas, Jalisco, Sinaloa and Queretaro.