5 more babies die of Zika virus in Brazil

January 22, 2016 11:06 am 

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan. 21 — Five more babies have died in brazil due to the Zika virus, the government announced on Wednesday.

According to the latest report by the Health Ministry, the five deaths happened in northeastern Brazil, the worst region hit by Zika.

Furthermore, another baby was born in the southern state of Minas Gerais with microcephaly after his mother contracted the virus.

To date, brazil has registered 3,893 cases of microcephaly, suspected of being caused by Zika. Among these cases, 224 have been confirmed related to the virus, while the others are still under investigation.

Scientists in Brazil have recently confirmed that Zika does manage to infect fetuses through the placenta and put baby lives at risk, leaving afflictions like mental retardation, cerebral palsy, blindness and hearing loss.

Spreading from Africa to Latin America in March 2014, the virus is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito and could lead to microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which infants are born with smaller craniums and brains. (PNA/Xinhua)



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