Brazil: Scientists find Zika virus in microcephaly babies' brains
Feb 16, Brasilia: Brazilian scientists have said that more evidence linking the Zika virus to birth defects in babies has been found. The team at the PUC-Parana University in Brazil discovered the virus in the brains of two babies who only lived for 48 hours.
According to the reports, the mosquito-borne virus is thought to cause microcephaly in babies, who are born with damaged brains and abnormally small heads.
Brazil has about 460 confirmed cases of microcephaly, and is investigating about 3,850 suspected cases.
The virus has spread throughout Latin-America, but Brazil has been hardest hit.
Scientists have told that samples taken from the brain tissue of the two babies showed that the Zika virus was still actively present, BBC news report said.
The scientists have been following the pregnancies of 10 women in the north-eastern state of Paraiba - the second worst-hit by cases of microcephaly.
The Oslo Times