*NO PROOF THAT THE ZIKA VIRUS IS CAUSING UNDERDEVELOPED BRAINS, SAYS GERMAN SCIENTIST
Christina Frank, epidemiologist, from the Robert-Koch-Institut in Germany has said there is no proof that the Zika virus is causing underdeveloped brains.
She notes that the Zika virus has been around for a long time. The virus was identified by researchers for the first time in a monkey in Africa in the 1940s. There has been no link between Zika and underdeveloped brains until autumn 2015 when thousands of cases of microcephaly were reported in Brazil amid a media hyped Zika epidemic.
Scientists say they do not understand how the virus causes brain and neurological damage.
Media report that women who did not have the Zika fever gave birth to babies with microcephaly.
It is, therefore, possible that the real cause of the underdeveloped brains is something else.
It cannot be ruled out that another vaccine or drug given to pregnant women is causing microcephaly and the Zika epidemic is serving as a cover.
The Zika virus is transmitted by a genetically engineered mosquito which can also give other diseases such as yellow fever, yellow fever, dengue fever and chikungunya, report media.