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BOGOTA Colombian health officials reported on Wednesday a “probable” box of microcephaly presumably associated to Zika, as a nation closely watches intensity impacts of a mosquito-borne virus.

The country’s National Health Institute pronounced Zika pathogen was identified in a amniotic liquid surrounding a exceedingly misshapen and aborted foetus. 

The termination was achieved on an 18-year-old mom when she was 28 weeks pregnant. Photographs were not taken of a foetus, though a alloy in Popayan, in a southwestern segment of Cauca, had reported a foetus carrying an abnormally tiny conduct and deliberate it microcephaly, a institute, famous as INS, said.

Zika infection in profound women has not been proven to means microcephaly in newborns.

In Brazil, a outrageous spike in a birth forsake followed a attainment of Zika final year, heading scientists to strongly think a link. Colombia has had a possess Zika conflict given October, and is monitoring profound women unprotected to a virus, though has nonetheless to bring a box of microcephaly.

The Popayan box can't be reliable as microcephaly given a stays of a foetus were thrown divided immediately after a termination and tests could not be made, INS said. Traces of Zika were rescued in a amniotic fluid, it said.

“Unfortunately in this case, a crack of discipline by those obliged for doing a box in Cauca prevented an accurate diagnosis being reached,” Martha Lucia Ospina, executive of a INS pronounced in a statement.

“They rejected a fetal stays that were indispensable to diagnose or order out Zika and a couple with microcephaly and other abnormalities.”

Brazil pronounced it has reliable some-more than 580 cases of microcephaly, and considers many of them to be associated to Zika infections in a mothers. The nation is questioning some-more than 4,100 additional suspected cases of microcephaly.

Colombia – that has reported some-more than 37,000 cases of Zika including 6,356 in profound women – is seen as a pivotal exam box for a impacts of a Zika outbreak.

The health apportion final week pronounced Colombia is reconsidering a possess foresee of babies expected to be innate with a singular birth forsake associated to Zika.

The supervision creatively projected it could see some 500-600 cases of Zika-linked microcephaly. But it might take several some-more weeks, or months, for cases to emerge as signs of microcephaly might usually be rescued really late in pregnancy, experts say.

There is no vaccine or diagnosis for Zika, that is a tighten cousin of dengue and chikungunya and causes amiable fever, unreasonable and red eyes. An estimated 80 percent of people putrescent have no symptoms.

(Reporting by Helen Murphy and Luis Jaime Acosta; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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