Scientists Continue Research Into Zika’s Association With Other Health Conditions, Including Eye Damage In Newborns

New York Times: Scientists Investigate How Viruses Like Zika Cause Birth Defects
“…Where birth defects are concerned, however, the Zika virus is far from unique. A number of other viruses, such as rubella and cytomegalovirus, pose a serious risk during pregnancy. Researchers have uncovered some important clues about how those pathogens injure fetuses — findings that are now helping to guide research into the potential link between Zika and microcephaly…” (Zimmer, 2/8).

New York Times: Study in Brazil Links Zika Virus to Eye Damage in Babies
“Infants infected with the Zika virus may be born not only with unusually small heads, but also with eye abnormalities that threaten vision, researchers reported on Tuesday in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology…” (Saint Louis, 2/9).

Reuters: U.S. to study Zika link to Guillain-Barre in Puerto Rico
“Experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are heading to Puerto Rico this week to study whether the mosquito-borne Zika virus will cause an increase in cases of a rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barré syndrome as the outbreak intensifies in this U.S. territory…” (Steenhuysen, 2/9).

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Nearly 100 nerve disorder cases linked to Zika in Colombia: health officials
“Nearly 100 Colombians suffering from the Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare nerve disorder, also have symptoms of the mosquito-borne Zika virus, Colombia’s National Health Institute has said…” (Moloney, 2/9).

Washington Post: Zika tied to major eye defects in babies with microcephaly, study finds
“…The findings, detailed Tuesday on the website of the journal JAMA Ophthalmology, provide the strongest evidence to date that the ­mosquito-borne virus is also linked to potentially threatening vision problems, researchers said…” (Sun, 2/9).