The HealthMap system in Portuguese picked up the first indication of a link between Zika virus and the current outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil on November 23, 2015. Within a week after the alert, the Ministry of Health in Brazil confirmed the link – that the increase in children born with microcephaly is caused by an outbreak of Zika virus in the region.
Later, the Brazilian health authorities identified traces of the Zika virus in a deceased baby born with microcephaly.
Microcephaly is a rare birth defect in which an infant’s head is considerably smaller than the heads of other babies of the same age and sex. Usually, the condition is the result of the brain growing abnormally in the womb.
A variety of genetic and environmental factors can cause Microcephaly. Children with the neurological disorder often have developmental problems. Health experts say that there’s no treatment for microcephaly. However, early intervention with supportive therapies may help improve your kid’s development and quality of life.
The officials have urged pregnant women against travel to about two dozen countries, mostly in the Latin America, where the Zika virus outbreak is ongoing.
If you are expecting and have recently visited or live in a Zika hit area, consult a doctor whether or not you’ve experienced any signs of the virus.
Authorities have revealed that the Zika virus outbreak across Central and South America has been linked to a neurological birth disorder known as microcephaly.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has urged people take part in the fight against Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects.
A “public health emergency of international concern” was declared over the Zika virus and associated health problems by the World Health Organization on Monday.