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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kate Bubacz is a Senior Photo Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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