On October 17th, Honduran health authorities reported that, there are 74 cases of children born with microcephaly. However, only one was confirmed to be a consequence of Zika virus. According to Honduran, Deputy Health Minister Francis Contreras, this figure rose because 10 babies were born with microcephaly in recent days. However, it hasn’t been determined yet whether these new cases are associated with Zika, a disease transmitted by Aedes Aegypti mosquito, although that possibility is not ruled out .
In Honduras, authorities have reported 31,575 cases of Zika, including more than 630 pregnant women, so it is estimated that the number of children with microcephaly exceed 340 by the end of the year.
Contreras declared that prevention is the best weapon to avoid mosquito bites and he stated that pregnant, affected women are under medical supervision.
2 babies died due to microcephaly. Health authorities are investigating whether these cases are related to the virus.
Contreras urged people to keep homes neat and eliminate mosquito breeding sites.
According to reports, the first case of zika in the Central American country was recorded in December 2015.