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Researchers Report Findings Of Large Epidemiological Study Involving Nearly 12K Pregnant Women Infected With Zika Virus In Colombia

NPR: Zika Infection Late In Pregnancy Carries Little Risk of Microcephaly
“For months, scientists in Colombia have been working on a massive study. They’ve been tracking the health of thousands of pregnant women to try to figure out key questions surrounding the Zika virus. Now the team has published its first major findings, and they offer a glimmer of good news…” (Doucleff, 6/15).

Science: No wave of Zika birth defects in Colombia — yet
“Zika virus infections late in pregnancy may pose less risk to the fetus than widely feared. Researchers report today that they found no overt birth defects among 616 babies in Colombia whose mothers showed symptoms of Zika virus disease in their third trimester of pregnancy…” (Vogel, 6/15).

TIME: Nearly 12,000 Pregnant Women in Colombia Have Zika
“…In the report released Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, Colombian researchers and scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that as of April, there were 65,726 cases of Zika reported in Colombia, with double the number of infections in women compared to men (this could be due to the fact that more women may be tested due to the risks to pregnancy)…” (Sifferlin, 6/15).

Wall Street Journal: Zika Appears to Pose Less of a Threat to Fetus if Contracted Late in a Pregnancy
“…None of the babies born to 616 women in Colombia who were diagnosed with Zika during their third trimesters was born with microcephaly or brain abnormalities, according to the study, published by public health scientists in Colombia and at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the New England Journal of Medicine. The majority — 82 percent — of the babies were born at term at normal birth weight…” (McKay, 6/15).

Washington Post: Zika can cause microcephaly even if moms have no symptoms, report says
“…Cases of microcephaly are starting to emerge in Colombia. From Jan. 1, 2016 through April 28, 2016, four infants were born with microcephaly and had laboratory-confirmed Zika virus infections. But none of these infants’ mothers had symptoms of the disease during pregnancy and were not reported as part of the government’s monitoring…” (Sun, 6/15).

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