5% of travelers who visited travel medicine clinics in British Columbia through Quebec from Oct. 2015 to Sept. 2016 sick with the Zika had a neurological condition including Guillain Barre.
Brain images of 200+ developing fetuses indicates that Zika can cause significant brain damage even in babies without Microcephaly. Simple head measurements are not enough to diagnosis congenital Zika syndrome.
Although the estimated risk of microcephaly appears to be lower than expected at 3-4%, the effects of Zika on a developing fetus may be vastly more common than previously predicted.
More than half of the 2,000 adult women of reproductive age who participated in a survey in Brazil tried to avoid becoming pregnant as a result of the Zika epidemic. To date, there have been 1,845 confirmed cases and 7,246 suspected cases of congenital Zika syndrome.
In a recently released report in JAMA Pediatrics, CDC researchers describe five types of birth defects that are either unique to Zika or occur rarely with other infections during pregnancy: severe microcephaly, decreased brain tissue with a specific pattern of calcium deposits, damage to the back of the eye with a specific pattern of scarring and increased […]