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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
March 13, 2018

Zika-Associated Birth Defects Increasing

JAMA. 2018;319(10):973. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1611

A 21% increase in US birth defects most strongly associated with gestational Zika virus infection (ZVI) was observed in regions of local transmission at the end of 2016, according to a recent CDC report. Infection with the virus during pregnancy has been strongly linked to microcephaly and other brain abnormalities, eye deformities, and other types of central nervous system dysfunction.