The Institute of Tropical Medicine at the Central University of Venezuela predicts that by the end of the year between 563 and 1,400 Venezuelan babies will be born with Zika-related microcephaly, a condition that disrupts the normal processes of brain growth and results in a small head and brain.
Zika is hitting Venezuela particularly hard. In February, Fox News Latino reported that 118,000 people who had been infected with Zika, and 11 people have died from the illness. But hundreds perhaps thousands more have been infected since then.
In Venezuela, where hospitals and doctors operate under extremely limited conditions due to the financial crisis, children born with complications by Zika do not have many options for a safe birth. More than 60 percent of the services provided by the emergency pediatric intensive care are offered only intermittently and more than 15 percent of those services are simply not available, according to a recent National Survey of Hospitals conducted by the Venezuelan Observatory of Health.
The study also showed that 29.3 percent of ultrasound services, 80 percent of CT scan machines and 95 percent of laboratories are out of service in public hospitals.