[public-health] MEDICAL DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS : MEDICAL CONDITIONS: BIRTH DEFECTS: Zika Virus And Birth Defects: How Babies Contract Microcephaly, Other Severe Complications

 

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MEDICAL DISEASES: ZIKA VIRUS :

MEDICAL CONDITIONS: BIRTH DEFECTS:

Zika Virus And Birth Defects:
How Babies Contract Microcephaly, Other Severe Complications

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Zika Virus And Birth Defects:
How Babies Contract Microcephaly, Other Severe Complications

Aug 1, 2016 11:26 AM By Dana Dovey

Medical Daily

http://www.medicaldaily.com/zika-virus-birth-defects-microcephaly-393257

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The Zika virus is a mosquito-borne infection that causes flu-like symptoms, but infection is also linked to a congenital birth defect called microcephaly. Although it is rare for the infection to cause this birth defect, health experts still advise pregnant women to take measures to avoid contracting Zika.

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Earlier this year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that there is now enough evidence to conclude that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of microcephaly. Microcephaly is a condition where a babys head is much smaller than expected due to an underdeveloped brain. The condition can cause developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, problems with movement and balance, difficulty eating and swallowing, and vision and hearing loss. Children born with microcephaly will likely deal with these difficulties throughout their entire lives. In its most severe form, the condition is also life threatening.

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In addition to microcephaly, the Zika virus can also lead to eye defects and impaired growth in children whose mothers became infected with the virus during their pregnancy. Scientists are currently studying other potential health problems that Zika virus infection during pregnancy may also cause.

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