August 10, 2016
We now know about the dangers of the Zika virus and the effect this infection can have on a developing fetus, but by no means should we consider ourselves well versed. It took many studies and thousands of reported cases for experts to conclude that the virus causes microcephaly and other severe birth defects in infants. Now, a study published Tuesday in The BMJ is helping shed light on the true extent of these possible birth defects.
Researchers focused on seven babies whose mothers were infected with Zika while pregnant. Six of the seven developed microcephaly— the most widely publicized birth defect from Zika— but six also had trouble swallowing, six had clubfoot, five had eye abnormalities, and two needed breathing and feeding tubes.