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Review Of Zika-Related Birth Defects Shows 5 Distinct Features Researchers Term ‘Congenital Zika Syndrome’

CIDRAP News: Researchers detail features of Zika congenital syndrome
“Five features rarely seen with other congenital infections are distinct in babies born with Zika-related birth defects, according to a new review of almost three dozen reports in the medical literature…” (Schnirring, 11/3).

Wall Street Journal: The Effects of Zika on Babies’ Brains Go Beyond Microcephaly
“…Microcephaly, a neurological condition in which babies are born with abnormally small heads, is perhaps the most well-known disorder associated with the virus. But other abnormalities, including a collapsed skull, eye scarring, severe muscle tension, and brain calcifications, can also ensue when an expectant mother is infected. These are collectively called congenital Zika syndrome…” (Hernandez, 11/3).

Washington Post: Zika causes a unique syndrome of devastating birth defects
“…Researchers at the CDC, along with colleagues elsewhere in the United States and Brazil, analyzed publicly available reports about defects among infants and fetuses whose mothers had either confirmed or presumed infection with Zika virus during pregnancy. Most of the clinical descriptions of Zika-affected infants are from Brazil, the heart of the epidemic…” (Sun, 11/3).

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