Brazil has nearly 6,000 microcephaly cases, outbreak of the Zika virus
A report from the Brazilian Ministry of Health released Wednesday, 2 March 2016, says that some 5,900 suspected microcephaly cases have been registered in the country since the outbreak of the Zika virus in October 2015. However, only 641 of these cases have been confirmed so far. According to El Caribe, the latest figures suggest that 1,046 of the reported cases have been dismissed and the remaining 4,222 are still under investigation. Microcephaly is a congenital defect in which babies are born with small heads and damaged brains.
According to the Wednesday, 2 March 2016 edition of Diario Libre, the Dominican Republic has reported 27 pregnant women with suspected cases of the Zika virus. Researchers in Brazil are trying to establish whether the Zika virus is linked to microcephaly, which can also be caused by other factors including syphilis, rubella or toxoplasmosis.
The Dominican Minister of Public Health, Altagracia Guzman Marcelino is advising pregnant women to wear long pants and long-sleeved tops, sleep under mosquito netting and use insect repellent because, according to her, it is becoming more evident that there is a link between the virus and babies being born with microcephaly.
March 5, 2016
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