Two babies have been born in California with abnormally small skulls caused by Zika infections their mothers contracted outside the United States, reports the Los Angeles Times.
The news comes less than a week after Florida announced that the virus has become endemic in Miami area mosquitoes:
Two babies in California were born with microcephaly after their mothers were infected with Zika virus, state health officials said Thursday.
The mothers had traveled to countries with outbreaks of the illness before becoming infected. Officials would not release any more information about the women or the babies.
“This is a sobering reminder for Californians that Zika can cause serious harm to a developing fetus,” said Dr. Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health.
Nationwide, 13 babies had been born with Zika-related birth defects as of July 21, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
More than 1,600 people in the United States have become infected with Zika virus this year, almost all of whom traveled to countries with outbreaks. There have been 114 travel-related infections in California, with the most in L.A. County with 24 and San Diego County with 23.