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These Heartbreaking Pictures Show The Effects Of The Zika Virus

The Zika virus is spreading "explosively" according to the WHO, affecting 24 regions. In Brazil, Zika has been linked to an increase in birth defects, particularly microcephaly, or an abnormally small brain.

Posted on January 28, 2016, at 2:51 p.m. ET

Gleyse Kelly holds her daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 25, 2016.
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Gleyse Kelly holds her daughter Maria Geovana, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 25, 2016.

Camile Vitoria embraces her brother Matheus in Recife, Brazil, January 27, 2016.
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Camile Vitoria embraces her brother Matheus in Recife, Brazil, January 27, 2016.

Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden, the neuro-pediatrician who first recognized and alerted authorities over the microcephaly crisis in Brazil, measures the head of a 2-month-old baby with microcephaly on January 27, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. The baby's mother was diagnosed with having the Zika virus during her pregnancy.
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Dr. Vanessa Van Der Linden, the neuro-pediatrician who first recognized and alerted authorities over the microcephaly crisis in Brazil, measures the head of a 2-month-old baby with microcephaly on January 27, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. The baby's mother was diagnosed with having the Zika virus during her pregnancy.

Veridiana Silva (R) waits for medical care for her daughter Ludmilla, who has microcephaly, at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.
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Veridiana Silva (R) waits for medical care for her daughter Ludmilla, who has microcephaly, at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.

Hilda Venancio bathes her son Matheus, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2016.
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Hilda Venancio bathes her son Matheus, who has microcephaly, in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2016.

Hospital staff Oswaldo Cruz prepares to draw blood from baby Lorrany Emily da Silva at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
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Hospital staff Oswaldo Cruz prepares to draw blood from baby Lorrany Emily da Silva at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016.

Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly, undergoes medical treatment at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.
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Gustavo Henrique, who has microcephaly, undergoes medical treatment at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.

Mothers with their children await medical care at the Hospital Oswaldo Cruz, in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016.
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Mothers with their children await medical care at the Hospital Oswaldo Cruz, in Recife, Brazil, January 26, 2016.

Geovane Silva holds his son Gustavo Henrique at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.
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Geovane Silva holds his son Gustavo Henrique at the Oswaldo Cruz Hospital in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 26, 2016.

Maria Clara and Camile Vitoria pose for picture with their brother Matheus in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2016.
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Maria Clara and Camile Vitoria pose for picture with their brother Matheus in Recife, Brazil, Jan. 27, 2016.