A baby with disorder microcephaly, which causes birth with an abnormally small head and brain.
Tens of thousands of babies may be born with severe disorders associated with zika during the current epidemic in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to a new study.
In total, 93.4 million people could be infected with the virus during the current epidemic Zika, including 1.65 million pregnant women, according to a study published Monday Nature Microbiology .
80% of infections are mild or go unnoticed, note the authors of study, while warning that “tens of thousands” of newborns may suffer malformations associated with zika, ie microcephaly and other neurological disorders.
The main concern with the outbreak of Zika in Latin America lies in the damage to fetuses when their mothers are infected, “said Jimmy Whitworth, School of Tropical Medicine in London.
Brazil tops the number of infected predictable with 37.4 million, followed by Mexico (14.9 million), Venezuela (7.4), Colombia (6.7), Cuba (3.7), Haiti (2, 9), Argentina (2.7), Dominican Republic (2.6) and 15.6 million people spread over several countries in the region.
“The main concern with the outbreak of Zika in Latin America lies in the damage to fetuses when their mothers are infected , ” said Jimmy Whitworth, School of Tropical Medicine in London.
“This study uses computer models to conclude that 1.65 million pregnant can become infected during this epidemic , ” said the expert, adding that it is estimated that there are currently 5.42 million pregnancies each year throughout the affected regions.
The virus, which has spread in Brazil, Colombia and the Caribbean since late 2014, mainly through the bite of the Aedes aegypti mosquito, causes in most cases a mild infection.
But when infection occurs during pregnancy can affect fetal brain and cause microcephaly.
You can also convellar neurological disorders such as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disease that causes paralysis and can even cause death. There is no vaccine or antiviral against zika time, which less frequently can be transmitted sexually too.