Brazil discovers Zika in microcephaly babies' brains
RIO DE JANEIRO: Brazilian researchers said Monday that the discovery of Zika in the brains of babies with microcephaly adds to growing evidence of a link between the mosquito-transmitted virus and the birth defect.
While talking to AFP, Brazilian Society of Pathology, pathologist, Lucia Noronha said “We have detected its presence in the brain tissue.”
“The Zika virus caused brain damage and that reinforces evidence of a relationship between Zika and microcephaly,” Noronha said.
“We received samples of brain tissue from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation. They’re the same samples that were sent to the United States, where researchers at the Centers for Disease Control came to the same conclusion: that there is Zika in the fetus’ brain,” she added.
Brazil is hardest hit by a huge outbreak of Zika, with some 1.5 million people infected. Although in most cases there are few symptoms, the fear is that pregnant women who become infected risk having babies with the birth defect.
The Health Ministry also said that between October and February 462 cases of microephaly has been registered, up from an average of 150 previously. In addition, 3,852 cases are also suspected.