The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officially links Zika to the birth defect Microcephaly, which has appeared among newborns in large numbers in Brazil and other Zika-affected countries. Scientists have suspected the link between the mosquito-borne virus and the birth defect since 2015, but refrained from confirming the connection; until now. A new CDC report published Wednesday, April 13 in "The New England Journal of Medicine" confirms the connection. CDC director Thomas Frieden said, "There is no longer any doubt that Zika causes Microcephaly. Never before in history has there been a situation where a bite from a mosquito could result in a devastating malformation." Microcephaly causes underdeveloped brains and skulls in newborns.
The CDC has warned pregnant women against visiting countries experiencing Zika outbreaks. The CDC also confirmed that Zika cause Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare neurological condition that can lead to paralysis in adults. For NewsBeat Social, I'm Cambrie Caldwell.
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