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New link to microcephaly in babies

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    Posted: February 15 2016 at 10:00pm
A caption to the first photo in the article says "The link between between the Zika virus and babies born with birth defects is still not conclusively proved".  So there is some link, but there is not enough data to say one caused the other, or if there was a third or fourth factor causing both conditions.

Also it looks, sadly, far more complicated :"
cases she has seen in the north-east of Brazil "are never microcephaly alone" - but include other brain disorders such as dilated ventricles, calcifications and contractures to the joints."

Anyway here is part of the article
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More evidence linking the Zika virus to birth defects in babies has been found, scientists in Brazil say.

The team at the PUC-Parana University discovered the virus in the brains of two babies who only lived for 48 hours.....

Scientists told the BBC that samples taken from the brain tissue of the two babies showed that the Zika virus was still actively present.

The scientists have been following the pregnancies of 10 women in the north-eastern state of Paraiba - the second worst-hit by cases of microcephaly.

One of the researchers who made the possible connection between Zika and brain defects, Dr Adriana Melo, told the BBC that cases she has seen in the north-east of Brazil "are never microcephaly alone" - but include other brain disorders such as dilated ventricles, calcifications and contractures to the joints.

The BBC's Julia Carneiro in Rio de Janeiro says that the findings add more evidence to results announced last week by scientists in the US and Slovenia who detected the virus in samples from other babies with microcephaly....


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35584953
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