May 27, 2018

Cape Verde reports first microcephaly case in Africa

Cape Verde reports first microcephaly case in Africa

Cape Verde has identified its first case of the neurological disorder microcephaly thought to be linked to the Zika virus, in what would be a first for Africa.

The ministry of health in the Atlantic Ocean archipelago state said a baby had been born at the main hospital in the capital, Praia, on 14 March to a woman who was not among more than 100 women being monitored for the mosquito-borne virus.

Cape Verde is a volcanic archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean around 570km (350 miles) west of Senegal. It has historic ties to Brazil, where an outbreak of Zika is suspected of causing a spike in birth defects including babies born with abnormally small heads. Read more

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