Paraguay Reports First Two Cases of Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  July 28, 2016 at 10:10 AM Tropical Disease News
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Zika, which causes flu-like symptoms and a rash, is mainly transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It has also been shown to spread through sexual contact.
 Paraguay Reports First Two Cases of Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus
Paraguay Reports First Two Cases of Microcephaly Linked to Zika Virus

Since Zika, a mosquito-borne virus, was detected in Latin America in 2015, health authorities have sounded the alarm over a sharp rise in the number of infected mothers giving birth to babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads. The World Health Organization has declared an emergency over the apparent link between the virus and the potentially debilitating or deadly birth defect.

Brazil has been the country hardest hit, with more than 1,000 confirmed cases of microcephaly blamed on Zika.

Paraguay reported its first two cases of babies born with microcephaly linked to the Zika virus. "The central laboratory confirmed the birth of two babies with microcephaly caused by Zika," health ministry official Agueda Cabello told a press conference.

Spain reported the first case Monday, July 25, 2016, of a baby born in Europe with microcephaly linked to Zika. The mother had caught the virus during a trip abroad, though authorities did not say where.

Source: AFP

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