Women Infected With Zika 20 Times More Likely To Have A Baby With Birth Defects
The CDC look at a range of abnormalities associated with Zika, from microcephaly to vision problems and joints with limited range of motion, such as clubfoot.
Los Angeles Times:
Pregnant Women With Zika Are 20 Times More Likely To Have A Baby With A Birth Defect, CDC Says
It’s been clear for a while now that pregnant women who become infected with the Zika virus are more likely to have babies with microcephaly, neural tube defects and other serious problems. Now experts can say just how much bigger that risk is for these babies: 20 times greater than if their mothers were Zika-free. That finding, reported Thursday by a team of epidemiologists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, answers a question that has flummoxed scientists since the Zika virus was first linked to a rash of birth defects in Brazil in the summer of 2015. (Healy, 3/2)