Brazil

BIRTH DEFECTS LINKED TO MOSQUITOES

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 14, 2015 (San Diego)--A rare but serious birth defect in Brazil has been linked to a mosquito—the Aedes aegypti species, which has recently been found in San Diego County.

This type of mosquito was already known to carry diseases such as Yellow Fever, dengue fever, chikungunya and the Zika virus.  But now the Zika virus is suspected of causing microencephaly, a rare neurological disorder that results in infants having small heads and underdeveloped brains, resulting in severe developmental issues. The mosquito bites an expectant mother, transmitting the disease to her unborn child.  Babies born with this illness are likely to die young and require constant care.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

March 22, 2012 --  (San Diego’s East County) – ECM World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflecting all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:   
    
U.S. 
 
  • CBO says GOP budget would double cost of healthcare for seniors (Forbes)
  • Home sales show strength, prices rise (Reuters)
  • GOP budget calls for fire sale of public lands (Think Progress)
  • Wind energy poses threat to golden eagle population (Fox News)
  • California could decide the GOP nominee (Washington Post)
 
WORLD   
  • Hundreds of houses damaged after strong quake hits Mexico (CNN)
  • France on high security alert after 4 killed in shootings at Jewish school (CNN)
  • Chevron execs barred from leaving Brazil over spill (Reuters)
  • Explosions rock Syrian capital (CNN)
  • Europe’s chief scientist warns against climate delays (Reuters)
  • Israel  issues travel warning on Turkey (UT San Diego)
  • North Korea says it will launch long-range rocket (UT San Diego) 
 
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