Brazil Zika outbreak: More babies born with birth defects
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•From the sectionLatin America & Caribbean
[ Image copyrightAPImage captionA 10-year-old Brazilian boy holds his two-month-old brother, who was born with microcephaly ] Brazil says the number of babies born with suspected microcephaly or abnormally small heads since October has now reached nearly 4,000.
In the worst affected area, about 1% of newborns have suspected microcephaly.
The Brazilian authorities believe the increase is caused by an outbreak of Zika virus. Just 150 babies were born with microcephaly in 2014.
The brain condition can be deadly or cause intellectual disability and developmental delays.
Colombia’s health minister has advised women there to delay pregnancy.
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Media captionCases are now appearing across South America
Brazil’s health ministry says there have been 3,893 suspected cases of microcephaly since October, when the authorities first noticed a surge, up from 3,500 in last week’s report.
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