WHO: Microcephaly and Zika virus infection – Questions and answers (Q&A)

Dr Anthony Costello, Director of WHO’s Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health, answers some key questions on Microcephaly and Zika virus infection:

What is Microcephaly?
As a pregnant woman, how would I know if my baby is affected?
What support would I need if my child has microcephaly?
What steps can I take to protect myself and my baby from Zika virus?

For more information:
http://www.who.int/emergencies/zika-virus/en/

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  1. Excellent, thank you. This is the most succinct summary I have seen. I would like to offer to get the transcript translated into Portuguese via HIFA-Portuguese, the network of health professionals in Brazil and other Portuguese-speaking countries. (Our members note there is currently a relative lack of authoritative Portuguese-language resources on Zika virus, although a fact sheet in Portuguese is available on the WHO website.) Dr Neil Pakenham-Walsh, Healthcare Information For All http://www.hifa.org

  2. So, Microcephaly can be caused by a number of conditions, infections, severe malnutrition and exposure to toxic chemicals. So far, so good. What about being injected with a Vaccine that wasn't really supposed to be applied to pregnant women, like anti-Rubeola, or Tdap, which, not "presumably" but definitely stated by the producer, GSK, "There are no adequate and well controlled studies in pregnat women"? Could that be one of the number of conditions that cause Microcephaly?
    Now WHO is officially a part of the "presumably" wash up operation to protect Brazilian Government!
    Massive Vaccination campaign to pregnant women in 2014, in the NE Brazil, particularly in Pernabuco, PE, State.
    Massive outbreak of microcephaly cases in BRZ, in 2015, in the NE Brazil, particularly in Pernambuco, PE, State.
    Which other countries have Microcephaly cases "presumably" caused by ZIka?

    Colombia reported 3,000 pregnant women with Zika and ZERO cases of Microcephaly, so far.
    Maybe they are "presumably" hidding the right numbers?
    You know what an expert doctor from Recife, Doctor Vanessa Van der Linden, said in an interview to Folha de São Paulo newspaper today? "The population may be now IMMUNE to Zika and that is why we are seeing a reduction in cases of microcephaly "PRESUMABLY"" related to Zika" – Seems you guys love that word. "Presumably". What about this: The reduction in microcephaly cases in Brazil might be PRESUMABLY due to NO MORE pregnant women being VACCINATED with Tdap vaccine in 2015!

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    I used to be constantly bitten by mosquitoes bugs etc

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    After a week of this the bug bites stopped completely.
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