In Lacey, a Washington mom grapples with baby’s Zika-caused birth defects

So far, 72 affected babies have been born in the U.S. One young Puget-Sound-area mother, infected with the Zika virus while she was in Mexico last year, and her infant daughter face a complicated future.

LACEY — When her daughter was born at Providence St. Peter Hospital in January, the first thing Maria Rios checked was the baby’s head.

She’d seen the terrifying photos on the internet — infants in Brazil and in Puerto Rico whose skulls were misshapen, even collapsed, ravaged by the Zika virus that has engulfed Latin America.

Days earlier, doctors had told Rios — a 20-year-old, first-time mother — that she was infected with Zika, likely spread by a mosquito bite when she and her husband were living last summer at her parents’ home in Colima, Mexico.

About Zika

• Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

• Zika can be passed…

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