Brazil urges women not to conceive due to the outbreak of a mosquito borne virus. The virus known as Zika hinders the development of brains.
Would-be parents in Brazil are recommended not to plan pregnancy after health officials linked the virus to the recent surge in infants’ microcephaly. It is a neurological disorder which leads to incomplete brain development.
According to The Guardian, Brazil’s health ministry announced that during an autopsy it had found Zika virus in a baby which died of microcephaly.
While CNN was informed by Angela Rocha, the paediatric infectologist at Oswaldo Cruz Hospital, that the decision to plan a family is a personal one, the health officials expressed concern over pregnant women’s vulnerability of developing foetus’s with microcephaly.
Rocha said, “It’s very personal decision, but at this moment of uncertainty, if families can put off their pregnancy plans, that’s what we are recommending.”
The World Health organisation report shows that in Brazil, the most affected areas are the states of Pernambuco and Paraiba. 1761 cases of microcephaly including 19 deaths have been identified till 5 December. There are fatal cases reported in Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and 6 other states.
Washington Business Journal reported that Germantown-Based biotech company Intrexon Corp. is aiming to fight Zika Virus outbreak in Brazil. Its subsidiary, Intrexon, declared that it is going to increase the supplies of genetically modified “self limiting” mosquitoes. This will automatically curb the mosquitoes blamed for the outbreak of microcephaly.
Microcephaly is a medical condition in which the brain stops growing. It can present in birth or it may develop at the early years of life. Microcyphaly can also develop if the would-be mother indulges in drug and alcohol and get infected with a virus. Depending on the severity of infection the babies can have different neurological abnormalities.