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Lack Of Record-Keeping, Poor Prenatal Care Complicate Research On Possible Associations Between Zika, Birth Defects

Washington Post: Zika epidemic uncovers Brazil’s hidden birth-defect problem
“…Many doctors, though, say that the jump [in Brazil’s reports of microcephaly cases] is largely illusory — based on massive underreporting of microcephaly and other birth defects in Brazil. What’s more, this poor record-keeping reflects much larger public health problems here: poor prenatal care and woefully inadequate services for children with disabilities. Until the Zika epidemic, these issues were mostly swept under the rug…” (Cuadros, 3/1).

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