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Raising Brazil's Zika Babies

Lianne Milton | Pernambuco, Brazil

Organization: Panos Pictures

Nadja Bezerra, 42, holds her two-month-old baby, Alice Vitoria, who was born with Zika-related microcephaly, in her home in Recife, Brazil, on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2016. She discovered her baby had microcephaly from an ultrasound at 7 months. "It was the worst day of my life."

First detected in late 2015, the mosquito-borne Zika virus continued to spread in Brazil throughout the following year, alarming health officials and expecting mothers that their babies will be born with an abnormal brain development called microcephaly. While researchers have yet to make a connection, Brazil has the highest number of babies born with Zika-related microcephaly - the most cases are concentrated in the Northeast city of Recife - from mothers who tested positive for the Zika virus. The cumulative number of children with confirmed Zika-related birth defects in Brazil is now 2,621, with 3,215 cases still under investigation.
 

Lianne Milton | Photographer

panos pictures agency

www.liannemiltonphotography.com

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