1 In 7 Infants Of Mothers Exposed To Zika Virus Develop Health Problems, CDC Study Shows

CNN: One in 7 babies prenatally exposed to Zika has health problems, CDC says
“Nearly one in seven babies born to women infected with the Zika virus while pregnant had one or more health problems possibly caused by the virus, according to a Vital Signs report published Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problems consisted of birth defects including small head size, brain damage, eye damage, and nervous system problems, such as vision and hearing impairments, as well as seizures…” (Scutti, 8/7).

The Guardian: Zika: one in seven babies with mothers exposed to virus developed health issues
“…Researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who conducted the study said it was the first to follow such a large sample of children exposed to the virus…” (Glenza, 8/7).

PBS NewsHour: CDC says 1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika have health problems
“…The CDC at a press conference Tuesday recommended that children whose mothers test positive for Zika infection during pregnancy should undergo comprehensive developmental screening in the months following birth…” (Grennell, 8/7).

STAT: 1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika in the womb have health problems, CDC reports
“…The study focused on cases in the U.S. territories, including Puerto Rico, and looked at children likely exposed to the Zika virus during pregnancy who were at least one year old. It’s possible that additional neurodevelopmental problems could emerge as the children grow up…” (Joseph, 8/7).

Wall Street Journal: Zika’s Long-Term Toll Is Heavy for Children
“…The CDC also said Tuesday that it now recommends that men who may have been infected with Zika wait at least three months before attempting to conceive with their partner. The agency had previously recommended a six-month wait, but said that recent evidence shows the virus isn’t infectious that long…” (McKay, 8/7).

Washington Post: 1 in 7 babies exposed to Zika in U.S. territories have birth defects, nervous system problems
“…The National Institutes of Health is leading an effort to develop vaccines for Zika, but researchers are still in the testing phase…” (Cha, 8/7).

Additional reporting on the study is available from The Hill, NPR, and Reuters.

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