Zika Known for Abnormal Small Heads ‘Found in Africa’

October 8, 2019

(SciDevNet) – The Asian-linked form of Zika, responsible for abnormal smallness of the head in newborns, has been identified in Angola. Zika virus is spread by daytime-active Aedes mosquitoes, causing a medical condition called microcephaly during which a baby’s brain development becomes incomplete, resulting in abnormal smallness of the head. According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her foetus and infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. Zika has no vaccine or medicine.