The terrifying Zika virus has been marching its way around the globe, but new findings just released by the CDC are being described as a "turning point" in the battle against the relentless disease.
According to ABC News, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed that Zika causes the brain birth defect they suspected.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden explained what this confirmation means: “It is now clear that the virus causes microcephaly. We’ve now confirmed what mounting evidence has suggested, affirming our early guidance to pregnant women and their partners to take steps to avoid Zika infection and to health care professionals who are talking to patients every day. We are working to do everything possible to protect the American public.”
The discovery is also confirmation of the first known link between mosquito-borne viruses and human birth defects. This "unprecedented" finding has prompted the CDC to see if other known birth defects are also linked to mosquito bites. Further discoveries along those lines could lead to a multitude of new prevention strategies.