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.
Kuehn B. Zika-Associated Birth Defects Increasing. JAMA. 2018;319(10):973. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.1611
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