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Opinion by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazilian media are buzzing like flies about a virus called Zika, which, like its cousin dengue, is easier to pronounce than Chikungunya. As a result of this buzz, everybody “knows” that an outbreak of the Zika virus has caused thousands of cases of microcephalous births, principally in Brazil’s Northeast. And everybody “knows” that babies born with smaller crania are inevitably doomed to a sub-standard life.

Except that what everybody “knows” simply isn’t true.

There is no scientific evidence that links the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?