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Negative Effects Of Zika During Pregnancy More Common Than Realized

           

Juan Pedro, who has microcephaly and turned one-year-old on December 4, sits in a specially designed chair to keep him upright as he is kissed by his sister Jennifer Karine on December 12, 2016 in Recife, Brazil. As many of the babies with microcephaly, believed to be linked to the Zika virus, turn one-year-old in Recife, doctors and mothers are adapting and learning treatments to assist and calm the children. Many of the children are suffering a plethora of difficulties including vision and hearing problems with doctors now labeling the overall condition as 'Congenital Zika Syndrome'. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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forbes.com - by Tara Haelle - December 14, 2016

The rate of birth defects, disability and brain irregularities in babies exposed to the Zika virus is considerably higher than was previously believed — regardless of the mother’s symptoms or the trimester she had the infection — found a new study . . .

 . . . “A troubling aspect of our study is that children were assessed in early infancy, when some subtle neurologic manifestations of disease are difficult to identify,” the authors reported in the New England Journal of Medicine. “On further follow-up, we suspect that additional clinical manifestations of neurologic disease may be identified in infants who were not previously found to have abnormalities.”

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nytimes.com - December 13th 2016 - Donald G. Mcneil Jr. and Pam Belluck

Babies born to Zika-infected mothers are highly likely to have brain damage, even in the absence of obvious abnormalities like small heads, and the virus may go on replicating in their brains well after birth, according to three studies published Tuesday.

Many types of brain damage were seen in the studies, including dead spots and empty spaces in the brain, cataracts and congenital deafness.

There were, however, large differences among these studies in how likely it was that a child would be hurt by the infection.

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