Zika Associated Birth Defects in Columbia

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Columbia has reported thirty-two birth defect cases due to Zika virus. The defect is referred as microcephaly. It is said to be strongly connected to Zika virus according to WHO (World Health Organization). Babies with microcephaly born abnormally that is with small heads. In most cases, the brain development remains incomplete.

Zika outbreak started around May in Brazil. It was found that there are more four thousand cases associated with microcephaly. In the last few months, more than nine hundred and forty-four cases were confirmed. Brazilian officials told that their country has an approximate of 1.3 million positive Zika cases.

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In Columbia, Zika cases were first found on October. Immediately, the World Health Organization came forward and had warned that the microcephaly case increase in Columbia. It can spread summer and spring season where pregnant women affected with mosquito-borne virus has chances to deliver infected babies. World Health Organization told Zika has spread to around thirty-three countries especially in Western Hemisphere.

Recently, doctors have identified one case in Martinique and another instance of Zika in Panama. Moreover, near the coast of Africa, Cape Verde has reported two microcephaly cases since Zika outbreak started. One of the United States residents has visited Zika affected area and gave birth to a baby. It was found that the newborn was infected with microcephaly.

The scientists have not completed the studies and they are still investigating the case. They are researching whether there is association between microcephaly, Zika and brain smash up in babies. WHO officials said that Zika remains accountable until the real reason is found. It is causing birth defects. Zika is also associated with vision problems apart from brain damage and small heads. It has chances to make babies blind. Peter Hotez commented that it was a dangerous virus may be from the hell.

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