Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

January 16, 2016 1:15 AM

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Brazilians panic as mosquito-borne virus is linked to brain damage in thousands of babies

RECIFE, Brazil — Jusikelly da Silva was full of expectations for her baby. This was to be her fourth with her spouse, Josenildo, and the couple had three other children from previous relationships. “All perfect, all normal,” her husband said of their family.

Then, at the six-month mark of her pregnancy, Jusikelly, 32, learned from a scan that her baby had microcephaly, a rare defect that causes infants to have unusually small heads and can lead to learning and motor difficulties.

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