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Microcephaly Found in Babies of Zika-Infected Mothers Months After Birth

           

A 1-year-old child, one of the patients in a new study, showed clear signs of microcephaly, but also had good eye contact. Credit van der Linden V, Pessoa A, et al. MMWR: 11.22.2016

nytimes.com - by Pam Belluck - November 22, 2016

It is the news that doctors and families in the heart of Zika territory had feared: Some babies not born with the unusually small heads that are the most severe hallmark of brain damage as a result of the virus have developed the condition, called microcephaly, as they have grown older.

The findings were reported in a study of 13 babies in Brazil that was published Tuesday in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. At birth, none of the babies had heads small enough to receive a diagnosis of microcephaly, but months later, 11 of them did . . . 

 . . . The new study echoes another published this fall, in which three babies were found to have microcephaly later in their first year.

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CLICK HERE - CDC - MMWR - Description of 13 Infants Born During October 2015–January 2016 With Congenital Zika Virus Infection Without Microcephaly at Birth — Brazil

CLICK HERE - CDC - EID - Early Growth and Neurologic Outcomes of Infants with Probable Congenital Zika Virus Syndrome

ALSO SEE RELATED INFORMATION HERE - What Doctors Learned From 42 Infants With Microcephaly

ALSO SEE RELATED ARTICLE HERE - Normal head size at birth doesn’t rule out microcephaly, Zika syndrome after birth

 

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