Zika poses even greater risk for birth defects than was previously known, CDC reports

About 1 in 10 pregnant women infected with Zika in the United States last year had a baby or fetus with serious birth defects, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is said to represent the largest and most comprehensive study of Zika’s consequences for pregnant women. The study found that women infected during the first trimester of pregnancy had an estimated risk of birth defects of … Continued

Editorial: Another kind of Zika public health emergency

A year after WHO declared the Zika virus epidemic a public health emergency, Director-General Margaret Chan has reflected on the rightness of that decision. However, she misses the opportunity to urge and specify international attention, research, and resources for the individuals left devastated by Zika virus.

Microcephaly in infants of people with Zika virus declining in Brazil

The headline in the Washington Post on 7 February was: “The panic is over at Zika’s epicenter. But for many, the struggle has just begun.” However; cases have not disappeared, even though the numbers have fallen, and families are coping with the children who were born, as the article reports with many examples.

As many as 70% of Recife’s inhabitants contracted Zika in 2015 and 2016, according to Pedro Pires, an obstetrician-gynaecologist who specializes in Zika. However, that high rate of infection likely prevented a revival of the epidemic in recent months because most of the population has become immune.

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