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Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Even infants who appear normal may have Zika brain damage, study

Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new animal study led by researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

March 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

The Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new study. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

February 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

A UW clinic mix-up leaves pregnant woman in dark about Zika risk

University of Washington officials have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects.

June 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

Zika in Lacey, Washington — One mother’s saga

But when Aryanna Guadalupe Sanchez-Rios arrived — 5 pounds, 10 ounces, with a cap of straight, dark hair — it was clear that Rios’ fears had been realized. The baby’s head was far smaller than normal — 27 centimeters instead of the typical 35 centimeter.

June 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

New Zika threat hovers as summer’s mosquitoes get buzz

Zika, which can cause birth defects if contracted by pregnant women, is primarily transmitted by a mosquito more commonly found in southern areas of the country such as the Gulf Coast. Texas, Florida, Southern California and Louisiana were all deemed high-risk areas last year.

May 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Zika virus spread undetected for many months, NIH-supported study finds

Genetic analysis of samples collected as the Zika virus (ZIKV) spread throughout the Americas after its introduction in 2013 or 2014 has shown that the virus circulated undetected for up to a year in some regions before it came to the attention of public health authorities.

May 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

Zika virus 101 – A video primer from the CDC

The Zika virus is another wild card dealt to us by nature. It was first discovered in 1947, but only recently grew into one of the newest global health threats, primarily for pregnant women and their unborn children.

April 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

How the Trump budget undercuts security risks posed by pandemics – viewpoint

The way the military protects America’s welfare is straightforward. The way that other U.S. agencies prevent pandemics is less understood.

April 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Women and Zika: Key questions and a few solid answers

Women and Zika: Key questions and a few solid answers

By Shefali Luthra Kaiser Health News This story was first published June 13, 2016; it was most recently updated April 5. The Zika virus caused birth defects in about 10 percent of the 250 pregnant women confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have contracted the virus, according to figures published April […]

April 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

In light 0f Zika findings, stepped-up monitoring of children’s symptoms urged

By Shefali Luthra 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 […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More