February 12, 2016 / 8:16 PM / 2 years ago

Brazil reports more microcephaly cases under investigation

Rosana Vieira Alves holds her 4-month-old daughter Luana Vieira, who was born with microcephaly, in the sea in Olinda, Brazil, February 4, 2016.Ueslei Marcelino

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's health ministry on Friday reported 4,314 suspected and confirmed cases of microcephaly, a birth defect causing an abnormally small head in newborns, up from 4,074 cases on Feb. 2.

Of those, 462 were confirmed as microcephaly and 41 were determined to be linked to the Zika virus that has spread rapidly through the Americas but is most common in Brazil.

Reporting by Caroline Stauffer; Editing by Sandra Maler

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