Source: Agencies16 Feb 2016 11:42:11
Brasilia, February 16: Brazilian researchers have said, the discovery of Zika in the brains of babies with microcephaly adds to growing evidence of a link between the mosquito-transmitted virus and the birth defect.
Lucia Noronha, a pathologist from the Brazilian Society of Pathology told a new agency the Zika virus caused brain damage and that reinforces evidence of a relationship between Zika and microcephaly.
Noronha's team at the PUC-Parana University was the first to discover Zika in the amniotic fluid of pregnant women.
It raised alarm over a link between the virus and microcephalic babies, who are born with damaged brains and abnormally small heads.
Brazil is hardest hit by a huge outbreak of Zika, with some 1.5 million people infected.