Cleane Serpa, 18, holds her one-month-old cousin, Maria Eduarda, who was born with microcephaly. Maria is recovering from chicken pox at the Hospital Universitario Oswaldo Cruz, in Pernambuco's capital Recife. The parents of Maria Eduarda, who are very poor, did not want her so Cleane and an aunt will raise the baby.
The mosquito-borne Zika virus, related to dengue and yello fever, continues to spread in Brazil, alarming health officials and expecting mothers. It has been linked to birth deformities with babies being born with abnormal brains. While researchers have yet to make a connection, Brazil has the highest number of babies born with mircocephaly. Within Brazil the most cases are in Recife, Pernambuco, from mothers who tested positive to the Zika virus. There are about 3,530 suspected cases of zika-related microcephaly in Brazil.