Reports of Zika-Linked Birth Defect Rise in Brazil

Simon Romero – The New York Times, 01/27/2016

Brazil’s health ministry issued new figures on Wednesday about the Zika virus that offered reason for continued concern, but also a glimmer of hope.

On its own, the virus is not normally life-threatening. The most common symptoms include fever and joint pain, and most people who become infected have no symptoms at all.

The big question surrounds the virus’s link to other ailments. The health authorities in Brazil said Wednesday that reported cases of microcephaly — a rare condition in which infants are born with abnormally small heads — had climbed to 4,180 since October, a 7 percent increase from the previous tally last week.

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