Spain confirms first Zika pregnancy case

  • 05/02/2016
Municipal workers gesture before spraying insecticide at the neighborhood of Imbiribeira in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016. The operation is part of the city's effort to prevent the spread of Zika's vector, the Aedes aegypti mosquito, according to a statement from Municipal Health Secretary. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino - RTX24508

Authorities in Spain have confirmed the first case of a pregnant woman with the Zika virus in the country.

The woman, who was between 13 and 14 weeks pregnant, contracted the virus while on a recent trip to Colombia, the newspaper El Progreso reports.

The case brings the total number of people infected in the country to seven.

The mosquito-borne virus which is currently in over 20 countries was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organisation earlier this week.

It is linked to around 4000 babies being born with birth defects.