Questions Remain Over Association Between Zika, Microcephaly, Number Of Birth Defect Cases

GlobalPost: On Brazil’s Zika front lines, cases of microcephaly are actually dropping
“Brazilian doctors at the epicenter of the Zika virus crisis told GlobalPost that the number of suspected cases of microcephaly, a birth defect linked to the virus, peaked at their hospital weeks ago and has declined significantly since then…” (Carless, 2/3).

New York Times: Birth Defects in Brazil May Be Over-Reported Amid Zika Fears
“Brazil’s government is considering tightening the guidelines it currently gives doctors, hospitals, and health care providers for when to report infants born with abnormally small heads, a move intended to reduce the number of false alarms that it has received in wake of the Zika epidemic gripping Brazil…” (Sreeharsha, 2/3).

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