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posted by martyb on Tuesday March 29 2016, @02:48AM   Printer-friendly
from the no-laughing-matter dept.

The Zika virus has been known for quite some time, but it gained notoriety recently due to its possible linkage to birth defects.

Science News has a summary report on Zika virus:

A report on the studies of its possible linkage to microcephaly, a birth defect of babies with undersized and underdeveloped brains:

In short, studies are continuing, evidence is mounting, but still not quite a confirmation.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by gidds on Thursday March 31 2016, @10:30AM

    by gidds (589) on Thursday March 31 2016, @10:30AM (#325200)

    According to Snopes []:

    "Speculative reports connecting Monsanto and pyriproxifen as culprits had no basis in any accepted science or research and, at worst, served to exacerbate unfounded fears about larvicides during a mosquito-borne disease outbreak.  To date, medical research hasn't reached any firm conclusions about why a decades-old virus (Zika) potentially led to a sudden increase in microcephaly cases; however, the use of a similarly decades-old larvicide (pyriproxyfen) as the only cause was dismissed by experts across several related fields as improbable and without merit."

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