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Scientists Working To Understand Cluster Of Zika-Related Birth Defects In Northeastern Brazil

Washington Post: Scientists are bewildered by Zika’s path across Latin America
“…[T]o the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil. Instead, Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas. According to the latest U.N. figures, of the 2,175 babies born in the past year with undersize heads or other congenital neurological damage linked to Zika, more than 75 percent have been clustered in a single region: northeastern Brazil…” (Phillips/Miroff, 10/25).

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