Zika virus spreads in Latin America, first cases reported in the UK

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A pregnant woman stands at her house in a zone of the shanty town of Beco do Sururu, located close to Boa Viagem, the richest neighborhood of city of Recife, Brazil, 22 January 2016. Recife is the Brazilian city with more cases of Zika virus. Brazilian government have organized a group of 250,000 people between militarymen and health authorities to try to erradicate the mosquito that transmit the virus.

As of January 2016, three cases associated with travel to Colombia, Suriname and Guyana have been diagnosed in UK travelers


The spread of Zika virus in Latin America forced many governments in the region to urge women not to get pregnant until 2018, as the virus can cause untreatable brain damage to babies. Thousands of babies in Brazil already born with microcephaly.

The first link between the mosquito-borne disease and microcephaly was reported in December. Then a report issued by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) connected the infection with the untreatable brain disease. Microcephal...


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