2016 Rio Olympics; Zika virus holds down Journalist

Zika

A journalist has become the ­latest of just a handful of Brits to contract the Zika virus, as Brazilian scientists issue fresh warnings about the dangers posed by Zika.

Foreign correspondent, Matt Roper contracted the disease while reporting from the Brazilian town of Goiana, where 40,000 people are thought to be infected. At 6.3 per 1,000 live births, Goiana also has the highest rate of microcephaly incidence anywhere in the world.

The World Health Organisation declared the Zika virus a global public health emergency in February 2016.

Now Brazilian researchers have said they believe Zika could be related to a variety of damaging neurological conditions, with implications for a fifth of pregnant women.

The Zika virus was first reported in Brazil in May 2015, and has since reached much of Central and South America.

The latest research from Oxford University estimates that 2.2 billion people live in areas at risk of infection.

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say.

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