The effects of Zika on baby’s brain than microcephaly, report finds

A member of feeds three-month-old Micah, a baby is born with microcephaly and was abandoned in the hospital while they wait for a flight at the airport after Hurricane Matthew hit Jeremie, Haiti, 20 October, 2016.

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A new report highlights the range of damage Zika infection can lead to a developing fetus.

Microcephaly, a neurological disorder in which babies are born with an abnormally small head, is perhaps the most well-known disorder that is associated with the virus. But other abnormalities, including a collapsed skull, eye, scars, severe tension of the muscles, brain and calcifications can also occur when a pregnant woman is infected. These are collectively called congenital Zika syndrome.

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The report, published Thursday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, are based on previously published studies about how to Zika influence on the brain. A paper published in August has also been investigated, with the arrest of the images, the devastation Zika wreaks on the development of the human brain and the body. The virus has been shown to shrinkage of the brain regions involved in movement control and vision. Some babies die before delivery or shortly after birth.


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