In this Dec. 23, 2015 photo, 10-year-old Elison nurses his 2-month-old brother Jose Wesley at their house in Poco Fundo, Pernambuco state, Brazil.  Suspicion of the link between microcephaly and the Zika virus arose after officials recorded 17 cases of central nervous system malformations among fetuses and newborns after a Zika outbreak began last year in French Polynesia, according to the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Birth defects in Latin America spark Zika virus panic

Alarm is growing over the rapid spread of the Zika virus which has been linked with surging birth defects in the Americas, as governments told women to delay pregnancies and health authorities extended travel warnings to Caribbean tourist hotspots.

El Salvador advised women to avoid falling pregnant for the next two years due to the risk of microcephaly, a congenital brain and skull deformity that causes babies to be born with small heads. Colombia, the Dominican Republic and Brazil have all issued warnings against pregnancies for the duration of the epidemic.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I’ve never heard of this virus.
    Is it in Canada?

    • Think some cases were showing up in Illinois on the Canada USA border.
      Becoming a real problem for many.

      • Oh Lord.

      • BillyHW

        Lots of illegal Hispanic slave labour in Illinois. A friend’s cousin died in a car accident because Jose thought the police wouldn’t catch him if he drove on that country road without his lights on.

    • Exile1981

      So far all the US cases are women who gave birth after contractingbit while on holidays.

    • Not yet.

      • Exile1981

        But with millions of people travelling to brazil this year for the olympics and with the summer tourist season it’s inevitable that someone infected will return to canada.

        The good news is that this particular species of mosquito does not survive in Canada’s climate. The evidence suggest that an infected person bit by a Canadian mosquito will not make that mosquito a carrier as our mosquitos are a different species.

        The one case in Canada was someone who caught it in SA.

        The bad news is that 60% of the US lives in areas where this type of mosquito lives.

    • BillyHW

      The immigration department is working on it I assure you.

    • Clear Thinker

      Call it “The Revenge of the Inuit!” Too cold for the bugs.

  • Med1

    This is truly a virus of devastating consequences.

  • David

    I’m sure the centres for disease control (CDC) of central/south america will get this under control before it affects the squalid nations north of mexico.

    • Millie_Woods

      It originated in Africa. They’ll come up with a vaccine….but first they want to get this thing with the Oscars straightened out.

  • Ken

    I guess that “Let’s all ban DDT” thing was not such a good idea.

  • BillyHW

    Is the Trump wall built yet?

  • Minicapt

    … new politicians …


  • luna

    Any chance of getting this mosquito to Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Yemen, Somalia, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, etc?

  • Clear Thinker

    Interesting to tell women not to have children to stop the defects. In the west we have tried to tell the Huntington’s Chorea folks to not have kids, and they wont stop, and then they blame us for not having a cure, if there ever was one.