The fever,it said,is behind the spike in cases of micro-encephalitis-an inflammation of the brain contracted in the first months of pregnancy.
The ministry said Doctors had found Zika virus in the blood and tissue of a baby with micro-encephalitis in Brazil and has spread to 18states.It appears relatively harmless at first,causing a rash and for a few days.
ZIKA is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito,also known to carry yellow fever,dengue and chikungunya viruses.
The Ministry said ZIKA had become a serious risk to public health and that Brazil must embark on an emergency Programme to control the Aedes aegypti mosquito to prevent the virus spread.

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