By AP staff reporterKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) An outbreak of microcephaly in Brazil has raised fears that more babies could be born with a birth defect.
A Brazilian government official says there’s a possibility that another one could be in the offing in the next few weeks.
In Brazil, microcephelia is a birth anomaly in which the head is not normal, but the brain is.
Zika virus is linked to microcephi, the condition.
The baby can have a mild birth defect, which is rare in humans.
Brazil has a large Zika outbreak that has spread to a third of the country.
That’s made many people think they’ve contracted the virus.
The government says Zika is under control.
But a study in Brazil found that about 200 babies in the country who were born in 2015 or later are microcepers, meaning they’re at risk of developing a birth disorder.
That means there could be another outbreak.
In a statement on its website, the Brazilian government said the Zika virus has been detected in three mothers who had babies between 2 and 5 months old.
A fourth woman has been tested for the virus and she tested positive.
It says it is working with health authorities to determine the best way to identify the others.
The Zika virus, which was first identified in 1947, has infected more than 10 million people in Brazil.
The disease has killed more than 5,000.