Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Pictured: How Zika wreaks havoc in Baby's brain & causes skull to collapse

Images have emerged online showing the graphic detail of how the Zika virus can damage a baby's brain. Researchers scanned the brains of 45 Brazilian babies whose mothers were affected with the virus. The images show the damage goes well beyond the devastating birth defect known as microcephaly, in which the baby's head is smaller than normal.

In many cases,  the babies' skulls seemed to have collapsed on themselves, with overlapping tissues and abnormal skin folds suggesting the brain had stopped growing.

The current Zika outbreak was first detected last year in Brazil, where the virus has been linked to more than 1,800 cases of microcephaly, which can cause severe developmental problems.

Source: Daily Mail.com

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