The Latest On Zika Virus: Colombia’s First ‘Probable’ Microcephaly Case Is Reported
The Zika virus, which is spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, is strongly suspected to be linked to a new wave of microcephaly cases in Brazil. Babies born with this birth defect have smaller heads and sometimes brains that aren’t fully developed, which can result in life-long developmental problems.
Zika is currently spreading through Central and South America and the Caribbean, and with the high volume of news about the virus, it’s tough to stay up-to-date. Check out our full coverage, or read our daily recaps.
Here are four updates, opinions and developments to know about now:
1. Colombia reports a “probable” case of microcephaly in an aborted fetus
Over 6,000 pregnant women in Colombia have Zika virus, and now the country is reporting its first “probable” microcephaly case, reports Reuters. Health officials said that the virus was present in the amniotic fluid of an aborted fetus, and the fetus, at 28 weeks, was severely deformed. Unfortunately, the fetal remains were improperly discarded, which means the country’s health officials cannot confirm the condition or that the fetus was infected with Zika virus.
The country has established new protocol for tracking pregnant women who test positive for Zika virus, reports NPR. It includes monthly ultrasounds and the careful collection of data about the point of time in their pregnancy the women got Zika virus. Scientists around the world are watching Colombia as more of the women with Zika virus continue to progress in their pregnancies and give birth. The results could help to confirm whether or not Zika virus is responsible for causing severe birth defects in babies.
2. WHO says Zika virus outbreak may get worse before it gets better
Director-General Margaret Chan of the World Health Organization warned that the Zika virus outbreak —> Read More