Brazil confirms more cases of Zika virus

Number of confirmed cases of Zika virus in Brazil increases to 4,863 from 4,690

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Miriam Araujo, 25, holds Lucas, her 4-months old child born with microcephaly at their house in Sao Jose dos Cordeiros, Brazil, February 16, 2016.

The number of confirmed and suspected cases of microcephaly in Brazil associated with the Zika virus has risen to 4,863 from 4,690 a week earlier, the country's Ministry of Health said on Tuesday.

Of these, the number of confirmed cases climbed to 641 from 583 a week earlier, while suspected cases under investigation increased to 4,222 from 4,107 in the same period.

Brazil considers most of the cases of babies born with abnormally small heads to be related to Zika, though the link between the virus and the birth defects has not been scientifically established.

Much remains unknown about Zika, including whether the virus actually causes microcephaly, a condition marked by unusually small heads that can result in developmental problems,

TRTWorld, Reuters