In 2015, Northeast Brazil experienced a disproportionately higher rate of microcephaly than anywhere else in the country. Researchers explained that this is because the region had been hardest hit by the Zika virus outbreak, with 94% of an estimated 8.5 million total cases.
Specifically, they found that women infected during early pregnancy were 17 times more likely to have a child with microcephaly.
AKH Inc., Advancing Knowledge in Healthcare and Psychiatric Annals
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