CDC confirms Zika virus causes birth defects like microcephaly

  • CDC released a report confirming that Zika virus causes birth defects on unborn babies
  • These defectes include microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies
  • The CDC scientists , however, cautioned there are still many questions unanswered

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially confirmed on Wednesday, April 13 that Zika virus causes birth defects such as microcephaly and other brain-related problems on unborn babies.

For the several past months, Zika virus is being linked to prenatal infections on women that often resulted to adverse pregnancy and other serious brain anomalies, most notably the abnormally-small head sizes and underdeveloped brains.

But scientists and health experts around the world, including those from CDC, were cautious in concluding that this virus which is being spread  by Aedes mosquitos is the culprit behind the rare brain disease and head deformities on children.

They said more research is needed before they can conclusively determine that the relationship between the Zika virus and microcephaly and other brain defects on babies is ‘causal’.

CDC report

Following the intensive review of evidence, scientists at CDC released a report acknowledging the link of Zika virus to microcephaly and other fetal malformations.

The study include evaluation of available data using criteria that have been proposed for the assessment of potential teratogens.

“On the basis of this review, we conclude that a causal relationship exists between prenatal Zika virus infection and microcephaly and other serious brain anomalies,” said the report published on The New England Journal of Medicine. (Click here to read more)

 

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