Zika Possibly Linked To Birth Disorders Other Than Microcephaly, Small Study Suggests
The Guardian: Zika virus could be linked with ‘whole spectrum’ of disorders
“A study by scientists in Brazil that suggests a possible link between the Zika virus and rare, but severe, joint deformities in babies has led experts to warn that the virus could be linked to a host of other problems in babies, some of which might only become apparent as they get older…” (Davis, 8/9).
Reuters: Study details possible link between Zika and severe joint condition
“…In an analysis of seven cases of children with joint deformities, the researchers said the abnormalities — a condition known as arthrogryposis — could be a result of Zika’s effect on the developing baby’s motor neurons, cells that control the contraction, or relaxation of muscles. In all the cases, the mother also had either documented Zika infection, a Zika-like rash during pregnancy or had given birth to a baby with an abnormally small head…” (Kelland, 8/9).
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