Over 2,000 Children Born With Microcephaly in Brazil in 2016

© REUTERS / Paulo WhitakerTherapist Rozely Fontoura holds Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil March 26, 2016
Therapist Rozely Fontoura holds Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil March 26, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Over 2,000 children with microcephaly, a serious condition in which an infant's brain is abnormally small and does not develop properly, have been born in Brazil since the beginning of 2016, the country's Ministry of Health said on Monday.

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MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — According to the ministry, cited by the Telesur broadcaster, the cases of microcephaly among the newborns have been registered in all the 27 administrative divisions of Brazil. The majority of cases, 389, have been registered in the northeastern state of Pernambuco.

The disease is commonly associated with the spread of Zika virus. It significantly affects only newborns, while the adults are not generally exposed to any visible symptoms or complications.

The Zika virus is transmitted by daytime-active mosquitoes. The current outbreak originated in Brazil in the spring of 2015, spread across Latin America and gained much media attention as confirmations of Zika cases emerged in Europe and the United States earlier this year.

In February, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency.

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