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Zika-Related Neurological Damage In Newborns Goes Beyond Microcephaly, Research Shows

Reuters Health: More evidence for Zika virus link to damage beyond microcephaly
“…Researchers studied 11 babies diagnosed with Zika and found they had a range of neurological impairments including small skulls and brains as well as an underdeveloped cerebellum, the part of the brain responsible for motor skills, and an absence of normal folds in the cerebral cortex, the gray matter that handles memory, language, social skills, and problem solving…” (Rapaport, 10/3).

TIME: Zika Virus Birth Defects Don’t Stop at Microcephaly
“…Among the 11 babies studied, in whom Zika virus was confirmed in amniotic fluid and cord blood, three died within 48 hours after birth. Nine showed microcephaly, but two showed normal or even enlarged head circumference. All of the babies did, however, show signs of neurological abnormalities, including calcium lesions in parts of the brain, restricted growth and underdevelopment of the brain stem and cerebellum, which coordinates muscle movements…” (Park, 10/3).

Wall Street Journal: Zika Virus Causes Damage to Infants Beyond Microcephaly, Study Finds
“…A summary of the study and its conclusions is being published online by JAMA Neurology, a monthly peer-reviewed journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Amilcar Tanuri, a co-author of the study, said the new research exposes a constellation of maladies, collectively known as ‘congenital Zika syndrome,’ that show the Zika virus to be unique among congenital viral diseases in its range of damaging effects…” (Johnson/Jelmayer, 10/3).

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