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4-Fold Overall Increase In Number Of Microcephalic Infants Born In Colombia Following Zika Outbreak, CDC Report Shows

Agence France-Presse: In Colombia, deformed babies quadrupled amid Zika crisis
“Four times the number of babies born with skull deformities linked to Zika virus were reported in Colombia this year following the outbreak of the mosquito-borne infection, said a U.S. government report Friday…” (12/9).

CIDRAP News: Study confirms 4-fold rise in Zika microcephaly in Colombia
“…The team reported the preliminary findings in an early online report in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). From January 31 through the middle of November, Colombia reported 473 microcephaly cases, a fourfold increase over the same period in 2015. The increase in July was ninefold compared with July of 2015…” (Schnirring, 12/9).

New York Times: Colombia Reports Major Rise in Birth Defect Amid Zika Crisis
“…Because births of microcephalic infants peaked five months after the epidemic did, at about nine times the numbers of the previous July, scientists feel sure that the greatest risk is to babies whose mothers were infected during their first trimesters or early in their second…” (McNeil, 12/10).

STAT: Zika-related birth defects in Colombia far more common than believed, study suggests
“…Colombia has reported only 60 cases of Zika-linked microcephaly to the World Health Organization. … [S]enior author, Martha Ospina Martinez, insisted there is no discrepancy between what Colombia is reporting to the WHO and the figures in the study. The 476 number represents all reports of microcephaly, each of which is being investigated…” (Branswell, 12/9).

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