New Report Lets Scientists Wrap Arms Around Scope Of Zika-Related Birth Defects
Until now, doctors hadn't been able to pin down the actual risk of a child being born with Zika-related birth defects, but a new study shines light on the numbers.
Los Angeles Times:
Microcephaly Or Other Birth Defects Seen In 5% Of Pregnancies Affected By Zika, CDC Says
About 1 in 20 women who became infected with Zika during their pregnancies had a baby with microcephaly or other birth defects that were probably caused by the virus, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That figure is based on an analysis of 2,549 pregnancies in U.S. territories where Zika was spreading from person to person by Jan. 1, 2016. It’s in line with a previous report from the 50 states involving pregnant women who became infected while traveling abroad in places where the virus was circulating, but it’s considered more accurate because it comes from a more complete set of data. (Kaplan, 6/8)