A series of studies released Wednesday shed a preliminary light on the Zika virus’ consequences for children infected in the womb. But, experts said, the findings also highlight additional challenges: identifying affected babies and making sure they receive needed follow-up care as they grow.
That task could prove complicated, especially as new data emphasizes the virus may cause more damage than previously thought.
Two studies track how many women infected with the mosquito-borne virus have had babies with identifiable evidence of birth defects, with one providing the first lens into how the virus has so far affected American children. A third paper suggests the disease stays active in those infants’ brains days beyond birth. [Read more…] about In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged