A woman in Spain infected with the Zika virus has given birth to a baby with the brain disease microcephaly, thought to be the first such birth in Europe, BBC reports.

 

Authorities revealed in May they had detected microcephaly in the foetus but the couple decided to keep the baby.

 

Felix Castillo, the neonatal chief at Barcelona's Vall d'Hebron hospital, said that the child's vital signs were "normal and stable".

 

The baby was born by caesarean section after 40 weeks of pregnancy.

 

Mr Castillo confirmed that the circumference of the child's head was "smaller than normal and that it has microcephaly".

 

He said the child was being constantly monitored, adding that the parents were "very excited" about the birth.

 

 

 

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