Scientists Assess Risk to Pregnant Women Infected With Zika

Scientists Assess Risk to Pregnant Women Infected With Zika

Scientists say there's more evidence supporting a link between the Zika virus and a serious birth defect.
Researchers report that one in every 100 pregnant women infected with the virus during the first trimester will give birth to a baby with microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and the potential for neurological issues.

 

Researchers report that one in every 100 pregnant women infected with the virus during the first trimester will give birth to a baby with microcephaly -- an abnormally small head and the potential for neurological issues.

 

The new risk analysis did have one important caveat, however.

 

"The findings are from the 2013-14 outbreak [of Zika] in French Polynesia, and it remains to be seen whether our findings apply to other countries in the same way," study co-author Dr. Simon Cauchemez said in a news release from The Lancet. The findings were published in the journal on March 15.

 


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