Zika Virus, Carried by Mosquitos, Linked to Birth Defects in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The Ministry of Health in Brazil has confirmed that there is a link between the Zika virus, spread by the same mosquito which causes dengue fever (Aedes aegypti), and the alarming number of cases of microcephaly in newborn children. The birth defect has increased significantly this year, especially in the Northeastern part of the country.

“It is an unique situation in the global scientific research sphere,” said a release issued by the Ministry, after a newborn who later died was found to be carrying the virus. “This is the first . . .

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