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Birth Defects Rise Twentyfold in Mothers With Zika, C.D.C. Says


A new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the first time looked at how common severe birth defects were in children whose mothers had the Zika virus. Credit Ángel Franco/The New York Times

CLICK HERE - CDC - MMWR - Baseline Prevalence of Birth Defects Associated with Congenital Zika Virus Infection — Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia, 2013–2014 - by DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. - March 2, 2017

American mothers infected with the Zika virus last year were 20 times as likely to give birth to babies with birth defects as mothers who gave birth two years before the epidemic, federal health officials said on Thursday.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded last April that Zika infection caused severe birth defects, including the abnormally small heads of microcephaly, but it had not previously estimated how common such defects were.

A new study, published in the agency’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, looked at several hundred pregnant women entered into the C.D.C.’s Zika Pregnancy Registry after lab tests indicated they had probably had the virus.



CLICK HERE - CNN - Some birth defects 20 times more likely for moms with Zika, CDC says

CLICK HERE - NBC News - Zika Raises Birth Defect Rate 20 Times, CDC Report Finds

CLICK HERE - The Atlantic - Zika Makes Microcephaly 20 Times More Likely




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