Birth Defects from the Zika Virus

Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images. 3 month old with microcephaly in Brazil.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus has rapidly spread to 25 countries since April, when it was first discovered in Brazil. The virus can cause serious birth defects such as microcephaly, which often leads to brain damage. Since Ebola, the virus has been the first to be called an international public-health emergency by the World Health Organization. These women and children are especially vulnerable because in places like Brazil, the public health system is underfunded. Read more at Time Magazine: