Microcephaly cases in Angola point to African Zika outbreak


Emiliano is one of at least 72 babies born with microcephaly in Angola between February 2017 and May 2018, suspected victims of an emerging Zika outbreak. The cases have gone largely unreported, but an internal World Health Organization report reviewed by Reuters concluded in April that two cases of a potentially dangerous strain of Zika confirmed in early 2017, along with the microcephaly cases identified since then, provided strong evidence of a Zika-linked microcephaly cluster in Angola.

A lack of data and diagnostic testing along with the woefully inadequate Angolan health system has made tracking the outbreak difficult. But new findings from a research team in Portugal suggest that it is the first on the African mainland involving the Asian strain of the disease.

It was the Asian strain…

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