New York Times: Zika virus that shrinks babies’ brains is spreading, say scientists




The rare and incurable microcephaly condition, in which causes babies to be born with shrunken heads and small brains and skulls, has seen a surge in Brazil in the last year, and now appears to be spreading across South America.

The symptoms of the syndrome were first discovered in Uganda in the 1940s, and have since travel across the world. Health experts warn the virus could appear anywhere in the glob. In 2015 there were 2, 782 cases registered. In 2014 ONLY 147 cases. Authorities link the deformation during pregnancy to mosquitos carrying the Zika virus, the New York Times reported.


mosquito-rex  The Aedes aegypti mosquito thrives in tropical climates and can carry the Zika virus,   yellow fever,   dengue fever and chikungunya.


Puerto Rico is the latest country to discover the Zika virus,  according to CNN,  After is was found in Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay, Panama, Suriname and Venezuela, which have all detected the Zika virus since October.

These Babies requiring either life-long care or resulting in early death.

The virus that causes the condition is carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which can also carry yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya.

The World Health Organisation said the cause of the outbreak in the Americas had yet to be determined.




A little-known virus spread by mosquitoes is causing one of the most alarming health crises to hit Brazil in decades, officials here warn: Thousands of cases of brain damage, in which babies are born with More…


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