BRASíLIA – The Brazilian well being ministry confirmed that there was a hyperlink between instances of microcephaly, a head deformity, in infants and the Zika virus, transmitted by mosquitoes that unfold dengue.
The outbreak of microcephaly in northeastern Brazil “is a singular state of affairs in international scientific analysis,” the company stated in a press release.
Well being authorities established the hyperlink after figuring out the presence of the virus in a deceased child who had been born with microcephaly and different genetic illnesses.
The congenital illness leads to the formation of a smaller cranium and impairs regular mental improvement.
A complete of 739 suspected instances have already been recognized all through Brazil to date this yr, in comparison with 147 recognized instances in 2014, based on official figures.
The federal government additionally reported the deaths of an grownup and a youngster in what would mark the primary non-toddler, Zika-linked deaths on the planet.
The virus, described as a light model of dengue, has been detected in 18 of Brazil’s 26 states this yr.