Zika virus has been found in the brain tissue of babies with microcephaly or the first time as scientists edge closer to establishing a link between the disease and the birth defect.
Doctors in Slovenia found the whole genome of the mosquito-borne virus amid the post-mortem of a prematurely ended 32-week foetus, which had suspected microcephaly.
The 25-year-old mother, who requested a termination after a prognosis of severe brain disease in her baby, had lived and volunteered in Natal, northeast Brazil, before becoming pregnant. “This case shows severe fetal brain injury associated with ZIKV infection with vertical transmission,” said the report, published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
It said there was no trace of Zika in any other organs, suggesting the virus had a tendency to infect and attack nerve cells.
Meanwhile, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention have found evidence of Zika in brain and placenta tissues in four babies in Brazil. Samples were tested from two babies who died at less than a day old, and two miscarried foetuses. Similarly, the virus was also only found in brain tissue.
There are warnings that instances of Zika-related microcephaly were more severe than previously seen cases of impaired brain and skull growth. Among the complications that have been noticed by doctors are problems with vision and blindness.
The University of Sao Paulo said it was monitoring 3,000 pregnant women as part of research into a link between Zika and microcephaly.
Brazil’s health ministry confirmed its third Zika-related death while China reported its first case of Zika yesterday.
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Three arrested with tiger hides
KATHMANDU- The Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) on Tuesday arrested three persons in possession of tiger hides.
The CIB said that Man Bahadur Tamang of Shailung Rural Municipality in Dolakha; Lokmaya Gurung of Barpak Sulikot Rural Municipality in Gorkha district and Amar Singh of Tilathi Koiladi Rural Municipality in Saptari district were arrested from Budhanilkantha in the capital city acting on a tip off about their involvement in smuggling of animals’ hides and skeleton.
All three have been sent to the Division Forests Office, Kathmandu for further actions. According to the Superintendent of Police Sudip Giri, the alleged would be booked as per the National Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act, 1973 and CITES Convention, 1975.Follow @gorkhapost