Risk of Zika-Related Birth Defects ‘Very Disturbing,’ Official Says
|09/30/2016||Posted by BusinessMediaguide.Com under General World News||
The risk posed by the Zika virus to developing fetuses is likely far greater than current estimates suggest, a top U.S. health official said Thursday.
Microcephaly, a rare birth defect in which babies develop abnormally small heads, is one of many Zika-associated problems increasingly being seen in children born to mothers infected during pregnancy with the Zika virus.
Other birth defects include seizures, deafness, blindness and a range of neurological and developmental abnormalities.
Earlier this year, a U.S. analysis estimated the risk of microcephaly at 1 to 13 percent when a mother is infected with the virus during the first trimester of pregnancy.
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