The Zika virus has been known to infect people in Africa, South and Central America and Asia for more than 70 years without causing any birth defects.
The Brazilian government declared an emergency in December after 2,400 babieswere found to be born with shrunken heads and brain defects believed to be linked to mosquitoes carrying the Zika Virus. The number of babies born with the defects has been rising significantly since then.
But could there be a link between the introduction of the Tdap vaccination that women in Latin America were urged to get before they were 22 weeks pregnant, and the birth of babies with these deformities called “Microcephaly” (literally ‘tiny head’)?
The following is an article from Brazilian shrunken head babies blog: