The health ministry in Panama has confirmed the birth of four babies with microcephaly.
BBC News (World) (
BBCWorld) <a href="https://twitter.com/BBCWorld/status/727045905862545408">May 2, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> Public health officials are concerned about a surge in the condition linked to Zika and fear the virus could spread across Latin America and the Caribbean. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brazil is in a new stage of the Zika crisis: Caring for infants with tragic birth defects. <a href="https://t.co/Ds1jeUSYo5">https://t.co/Ds1jeUSYo5</a> <a href="https://t.co/11coPEmP4Q">pic.twitter.com/11coPEmP4Q</a></p>— Wall Street Journal (WSJ) April 28, 2016
Fourteen pregnant women have contracted the virus and six babies infected with Zika have developed malformations including microcephaly
The World Health Organisation says there is strong scientific consensus that Zika causes microcephaly and “Guillain-Barre syndrome”:http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/gbs/detail_gbs.htm, a rare neurological condition that induces paralysis.
Authorities await conclusive proof, in the meantime health officials remain vigilant.