Disease detectives hunt Zika virus-microcephaly connection in Brazil

Elizabeth Cohen – CNN, 02/24/2016

In her career as a pediatrician, Dr. Erin Staples has seen only the occasional case of microcephaly, the birth defect where babies are born with small heads and underdeveloped brains.

Then, last Thursday, at a hospital in Brazil, she saw three babies with the devastating defect all in one waiting room.”It was sobering,” said Staples.

Staples is an expert in infectious diseases and she’s in Brazil, a country hit hard by the Zika virus, to lead the first large-scale investigation into the link between Zika and microcephaly.

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