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Expectant mother with Zika virus expected to give birth in Corpus Christi

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A woman infected with the Zika virus is being treated at a Corpus Christi hospital and local health officials say there is no cause for concern for the general public.

That woman was not infected with Zika here in the Coastal Bend. According to doctors, the woman who is pregnant contracted the virus while she may have been traveling through Mexico. She is from Brownsville. She and her unborn child have been brought to Corpus Christi for specialized care for her and her child.

Zika which is most commonly transmitted through mosquitoes, causes few symptoms in adults but has been known to cause birth defects. 

Dr. Burgin says most likely the expectant mother didn't know she had the Zika virus when she got pregnant but through testing, doctors believe her child will suffer from Microcephaly. 

Dr. Burgin said, "Now that 'micro' meaning small, 'cephaly' meaning head so they have small heads, small brains and consequently have complications with learning and speech."

Once the baby is born, he or she will be transferred to Driscoll Children's Hospital for further care. As for the community, Dr. Burgin says there's no need to worry, the patient is being monitored and is at very little-to-no risk to others. 

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