The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #159502   Message #3779188
Posted By: Jack Campin
16-Mar-16 - 09:42 AM
Thread Name: BS: Zika updates
Subject: BS: Zika updates
Since some destructive mod has closed the thread I started about this, here goes with another one.

We now have some preliminary figures about how frequently Zika causes microcephaly:

http://newsdaily.com/2016/03/study-strengthens-zika-microcephaly-link-women-and-babies-at-risk/

1% of all infected pregnant women adds up to a lot of cases. Catastrophic for the family affected, but perhaps not for the society as a whole - the implication of which, for the anti-abortion cultists who hold power in almost all of Latin America, is that the affected families can be treated as disposable garbage, the same way they treat rape victims. It would take a much higher incidence to shock them into a sense of moral responsibility.