Brazil says Zika-linked microcephaly cases in babies rise to 4,074

Ms Elizangela Marques, who is six months pregnant, at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Brazil.
Ms Elizangela Marques, who is six months pregnant, at the IMIP hospital in Recife, Brazil. PHOTO: REUTERS

BRASILIA (REUTERS) - The suspected and confirmed cases of newborn with abnormally small heads linked to the Zika virus in Brazil had increased to 4,074 as of Jan 30 from 3,718 a week earlier, the Brazilian Health Ministry said on Tuesday (Feb 2).

Of a total of 4,783 notified cases of the neurological condition called microcephaly reported since October, 709 were found to be negative, the ministry said in its weekly tally.

On Monday, the World Health Organisation declared a global emergency over the rapid spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus that the Brazilian authorities say is causing brain defects in babies.